IRVING - Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett's last season as an NFL player came with the Miami Dolphins in 2004, where he was briefly a teammate with linebacker Junior Seau, who this week committed suicide.
The next season, Garrett was hired by the Dolphins as an assistant coach. Even though Garrett did not get to know the linebacker well, Seau made an impression.
"Like everybody else who is a fan of football I was really saddened by the news," Garrett said. "I was never around him in the locker room as a player but I was coaching there the next year when he was still a player on the team. He was a rare, rare individual. He was a great player but he was so much more than that. I consider myself so fortunate to be around him and to see how he went about his day as a player and a person. He had tremendous spirit.
"He made some of the most amazing speeches to the team that I have ever heard. I was really mesmerized by them. Often times the coach would speak to the team before a practice or a game and he would say, Coach, do you mind if I say something?' He would stand up in the middle of a team meeting and give some of the most unbelievable talks that I have ever heard in my life. I would sit there and I was amazed by it. And then two days later he would do it again. And he lived it. He was such a generous person and had such a great spirit about him. He really made a big difference for a lot of people he came across in his life."
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