Everything you need to know about the state of the Dallas Cowboys can be summed up with the press release to announce the ceremonial one-day signing of safety Gerald Sensabaugh so he could retire with the team.
Nice guy. A total pro who played hard, and would play hurt. A former fifth round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sensabaugh lasted eight years in a league where the vast majority of guys don't make it eight months. He played the last four years with the Cowboys. Sensabaugh made a bunch of money, and for eight years he was paid six to seven figures to play football. Not many people ever do that.
Here is the rub - did he make a single play you remember?
The ceremonial signing so-they-can-retire should be reserved "franchise" guys who played elsewhere but want their career to end with the team for which they made an eternal impression. Guys like Ronnie Lott with the San Francisco 49ers, Peyton Manning with the Indianapolis Colts, Emmitt Smith with the Dallas Cowboys.
When guys like Sensabaugh or right tackle Marc Colombo, who did this with the Cowboys, do this it diminishes the impact of the gesture.
Do their careers deserve to be celebrated? Sure. In their own home and with a party among family and friends.
Do their careers deserve to be celebrated the way we would an Emmitt, or Lott?
This Sensabaugh "announcement" does, however, set the stage for future Cowboys' press conferences to announce the one-day signing and retirements of Felix Jones, Mike Jenkins, Phil Costa, Igor Olshansky, Kyle Kosier and Doug Free.
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