Linebacker Adrian Hamilton lived a dream last summer when he was signed by his hometown Cowboys as an undrafted free agent from Prairie View A&M.
The Dallas Carter product was impressive as a pass rusher but didn’t impress the Cowboys enough on special teams and was cut after training camp.
He landed on the Baltimore Ravens practice squad and is now getting ready to play in the Super Bowl after being signed to the active roster late in the season.
“Them cutting me might have been one of the best decisions ever,” Hamilton said. “It has me in the Super Bowl. I left Dallas with a hunger to show them that I was better than they thought I was. They thought I wasn’t that good on special teams so my biggest point was to show the world I could play special teams.”
Hamilton had three tackles on special teams in his first game with the Ravens and believes the Cowboys mistook over work in practice for a lack of ability on special teams.
He said an injury to Pro Bowl linebacker DeMarcus Ware in camp had him doing all of his reps as well as his own reps, impacting his ability have a burst every day in special teams drills.
“He was hurt so I was doing his job too,” Hamilton said. “I was dead.”
But Hamilton has no regrets, calling his super situation a blessing because he gets to learn from future Hall of Famers like Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and safety Ed Reed.