Cowboys O-Line Start a Band?

James WilliamsonSenior Writer IApril 7, 2009

IRVING, TX - DECEMBER 14: Leonard Davis #70, Andre Guride #65 and Cory Procter #71 of the Dallas Cowboys listen in the huddle against the New York Giants at Texas Stadium on December 14, 2008 in Irving, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Living down in Texas, it is best that you either like country, or at least respect it.

Well, I actually like it, and one of the popular songs on the radio has already hit No. 1 on the Billboard Country Chart, but it still gets significant airplay.

It is a duet of Keith Urban and Brad Paisley, who have managed to take certain lyrics applying to a very specific subject, and make a great song out of it called, "Start a Band."

"Just get you a guitar and learn how to play, cut up some jeans, come up with a name, if you're living in a world that you don't understand, find a few good buddies, start a band."

Well, apparently the Dallas Cowboys offensive linemen have taken the advice. Right tackle Marc Columbo, right guard Leonard Davis, backup guard Cory Proctor, and Justin Chapman, a high school lineman who played with Davis, have started a band called Free Reign.

The lead singer and guitarist is our very own Marc Columbo, complete with the shaved head and multiple tattoos.

Bass guitarist is the No. 2 overall pick in 2001, Leonard Davis.

Cory Proctor is on the drums and Justin Chapman is the lead guitarist.

They are probably the heaviest band in the world right now, and they are also one of the scariest bands, at least, that is their intentions.

Justin Chapman said, "You try to make the music fit your image, and to me, I see big guys on stage, big, scary guys, and I want to hear heavy, scary music."

The original members were Columbo and Proctor, and after watching them play, Leonard Davis decided to learn the bass his wife gave him a while back.

Chapman came in later after hearing them play over the winter. "He's the professional musician," according to Marc Columbo.

They practice Saturday and meet during the week to tweak their work, but they are insistent that football is their No. 1 priority.

"We made a pact when we started the band that football is first, and we'll see what we can do,"said Marc Columbo.

"We get together on the weekends, and you learn to work really fast musically because football is so time-consuming. We're keeping our goals general right now. We want to write an album before training camp."

Columbo played in a band while he was with the Bears in his early career, Proctor and Chapman played in high school, but Davis just learned the bass six months ago.

However, they want to be taken seriously.

Justin Chapman said, "Football is what's getting us in the door, not necessarily our talent and ability. All of our goals before too long are to rely on the music. We haven't been playing together a long time, but we're getting better every day and in a couple of months, we'll be a lot better, so we're not relying on the fact that they play for the Cowboys."

I actually like the idea of a band, but I prefer the name, "The Jumbo Mutumbos with Marc Columbo."

It is hard to see this as either a good thing or a bad thing. True, they said that football is the most important priority, but how does the public know if Davis is thinking about trying to tune his guitar instead of blocking the defensive tackle in front of him.

However, the idea of bonding through a band makes the right side of the offensive line even stronger. Brotherhood is the most important thing for offensive linemen. I think the rest of the linemen should try to help out.

Did I say like? I meant I love it. The band will help the players build great character. The main reason I love the Cowboys is because of the characters on the team, from the line to the kicker.

So, ladies and gentlemen. Remember to check out Free Reign whenever you can.