IRVING, Texas - Before Jerry Jones and crew addressed a large media gathering this afternoon at the team headquarters in Valley Ranch, they took about 10 minutes to formally announce the retirement of former tackle Marc Colombo.
The former first round pick of the Bears in 2002 is a nice story; he ruined his knee, was dumped by the Bears in 2005 and picked up for nothing by Bill Parcells and the Cowboys. Colombo rebuilt the knee, and developed into a very nice reliable starter for five years. This guy was a tremendous competitor and fighter.
So why the rub?
In his tenure with the team Colombo demonstrated mostly disdain towards those who covered the team. (Yes, this is just a sports media problem, not a real life one.) This dude never talked, and I say this as a reporter who had a pretty decent relationship with him.
I clearly recall one game in October of 2008 where the Cowboys lost in OT in Arizona and talking to guard Leonard Davis. Very few people were eager to talk to the media after that game, so when guys like Big Leonard agreed to an interview we grabbed it; then there is Colombo bemoaning, "That's a lot of questions."
Sir, we wouldn't have to sit here and bother Big Leonard if you and 90 percent of your teammates just faked your way through three or four of our stupid questions. It's part of the gig.
Now you retire and you want a press conference?
This is one of my great sports rubs: Hate the media? It may be a part of your job to sit there and suffer this collection of insufferable fools, but if you don't want to play nice, fine. Obviously no one is going to make you.
But when your career is done please don't look for a job among the crowd you so loathed for so long, and please don't ask us to sit through a press conference commemorating a career when during it you specifically asked us to not bother you.
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