Some times perspective is every thing and no one knows it more than Cowboys linebacker Anthony Spencer.
He has gone from a supposedly disappointing and underachieving former first-round pick, who was not considered worth a long-term contract extension or the $8 million franchise tag the Cowboys placed him to return him for one more year to arguably the Cowboys best player and possibility one of the biggest free agents prospects of 2013.
Of course that's what happens when you finally reach your potential by playing the best football of your career _ which is the case for Spencer whose numbers of 69 tackles and 6.5 sacks don't come close to tell entire story about his dominating play this season.
Not even Pro Bowler and leading sacker DeMarcus Ware has played better than Spencer over the last month and now he has the added responsibility of being the playcaller on defense because of injuries to Bruce Carter and Sean Lee.
Spencer has never called plays on defense in his entire career in football dating back to little league but he is now with the Cowboys _ which says a lot about the season he is having and what the Cowboys think of him.
"I'm real comfortable with the situation they have put me in," Spencer said.
That's true on the field and off the field as Spencer will be cashing in big in the off season either with the Cowboys or another team.
Spencer says he's not focused on free agency as it will take care of itself but he does understand that every time he makes a play from here on out his value will only continue to increase.
"I hope it's every time I make a play," Spencer said. "That's the way the game is. You get paid for what you can do on the field and the more you can do the more you usually get paid."
Clarence E. Hill Jr.