IRVING, Texas - The Cowboys travel to Nashville on Sunday to play the undefeated football Titans in a football game on the football field, which brings to mind the last time the football Cowboys made this trip.
Oct. 1, 2006. With Drew Bledsoe throwing the ball all over the football field, the Cowboys won 45-14. At the end of the game, Jerry Jones was signing autographs from his suite and literally tossing them at the fans in the stands.
This game was memorable for a two reasons ...
1. The game was the first start for Texas Longhorns rookie quarterback Vince Young, but the Titans kept it a secret until the morning of the game.
Earlier in the week of the game, then Cowboys coach Bill Parcells was asked by CBS 11 TV reporter Steve Dennis who he thought would start at QB for the Titans - VY, or veteran Kerry Collins. Bill wrote his guess on a piece of paper, placed it in an envelope, and gave it to Steve with the understanding it would not be opened until after the game.
After the game Steve opened the envelope on air. Parcells had accurately guessed that VY would start.
VY was brutal. He completed 14 of 29 passes with one touchdown and two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown by linebacker Bradie James.
2. The other play that was memorable was Titans defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth deliberately stepping on Cowboys center Andre Gurode's exposed face when he was on the ground after a play. Gurode's helmet had come off, and Haynesworth stepped on his head. He just missed his face, and his cleats more of Gurode's forehead.
It was a brutal act that was surreal to watch in real time.
Bledsoe told me the day after the game, "He was mad because Andre was kicking his a**."
Haynesworth was suspended five games without pay, the longest penalty for an on-field infraction. Gurode received 30 stitches.
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