Before the season started, the Cowboys thought they would have a Pro Bowl receiver. But they expected it to be Roy Williams, not Miles Austin.
Austin started his season with five catches for 81 yards and a touchdown in the first four games. Now, he is on his way to his first Pro Bowl. In the past 11 games, beginning with the team-record 250 yards against Kansas City, Austin has 69 catches for 1,149 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Austin was watching Sherlock Holmes in a theater my himself when the Cowboys called to tell him he had made the Pro Bowl. He called them back after the movie ended.
This, after all, is a man who had waited four years for his chance to show what he could do. What was another few minutes?
"It feels good," Austin said Wednesday. "It was a shock. ...I did enjoy it yesterday for a couple of hours, but now I'm back on Philly. One thing at a time."
Austin now has something in common with the Larry Fitzgeralds and the Hines Wards. From now on, he will be known as a Pro Bowler.
"I'm in a group with those guys in a couple of weeks," Austin said. "It's pretty cool, but you know that being said, we've got a long way ahead of us."
-- Charean Williams