Why I Will Forever Follow the Dallas Cowboys

Greg EvansCorrespondent IMay 12, 2009

IRVING, TX - DECEMBER 20:  Dallas Cowboy Super Bowl banners hang during the last home game against the Baltimore Ravens on December 20, 2008 in Irving, Texas. The Cowboys are playing their final regular season home game before moving to a new stadium in Arlington, Texas next season.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Three names sum up my first experiences with the Dallas Cowboys: Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin. These three football legends introduced me to a sport that I cannot get away from.

I still remember watching Super Bowl XXVII, when the Cowboys blasted the Buffalo Bills 52-17. My mom decked me out in a Cowboys shirt and hat. With each touchdown Dallas scored, I became a little more of a fan.

The next year was more of the same. I convinced my mom to buy me a couple of Dallas Cowboys buttons to put on my shirt, and I wore them with pride. While Super Bowl XXVIII wasn't the offensive spectacle that the last one was, it helped show me the payoffs of being a loyal fan. Those moments with my mom are moments that I will always cherish, and they happened because of the team in silver and blue.

While many of you will cry band wagon fan, let me tell you, I have continued to cheer for the Cowboys. I sat and watched as Super Bowl quality teams turned into 5-11 teams. Each year, I hoped that it would be the one where my boys turned it around.

When Bill Parcells was announced as the next head coach, I felt the old pride come back. Parcells was a coach who was known for turning around poor teams. He would bring Dallas back. I watched Parcells try to turn around my team, but he could never get over the hump.

While Parcells may not have turned the corner for the Cowboys, he did lay a foundation for Wade Phillips. Now Dallas is gathering a new group of potential superstars. Where there was once Troy Aikman, now we have Tony Romo. Emmitt Smith has been replaced by the two-headed monster of Marion Barber and Felix Jones. Michael Irvin is the only former headliner to not have a solid replacement.

As with every Dallas fan, I have high expectations when every season starts. This season will be no different.

*Stats from DallasCowboys.com