Antoine Hicks never expected his NFL chance to take so long. After finishing his college career in 2011, the former TCU receiver attended Dallas Day at Valley Ranch, and he got a shot at a Redskins' rookie minicamp. But that was it. No one called to take him to training camp.
He did have two tryouts with CFL teams, but that didn't lead to anything either.
"I never gave up on it," Hicks said. "Seeing the people I actually played ball with in Little League and high school go up and make it, it made me realize if they can make, I know for sure I can make it, too. I'm around the same level as them and worked just as hard as they did. It's about getting an opportunity."
Hicks might not have a great shot at being signed by the Cowboys, but he has a better chance than he had last week. He was a last-minute work out addition for the team's rookie minicamp, called to come to the final two days (three practices).
"It's a great opportunity," said Hicks, a Mansfield Timberview product. "I haven't been in minicamp since last year when I was with the Redskins. In that time, I was working out all the time and having a part-time job."
Hicks has been working valet jobs around DFW, parking cars for tip money. It's not what he envisioned doing after making 76 receptions 1,069 yards and nine touchdowns in four seasons at TCU, including 33 for 347 and a touchdown as a senior.
"It's real special to get this opportunity with the Cowboys," Hicks said. "I grew up a Cowboys fan. It would be an honor to get a an opportunity to make the team I grew up rooting for."
-- Charean Williams