Earlier this morning, the NFL said goodbye to Texas Stadium. It was the first stadium I ever attended to watch a professional football game. The first game I ever attended in person at Texas Stadium was a preseason game between the Cowboys and the then, Houston Oilers. It was a Saturday night and only my second weekend at school as I was a freshmen at the University of Dallas. Which coincidentally just happened to be across the expressway from Texas Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.

Her name was Jeanette DeVloo and you can say she was my first college crush. Jeanette and I had heard that during preseason games, one could just walk up during half time and be let into the stadium to watch the second half of the game. So with 7 minutes left in the 2nd quarter, Jeanette and I took a stroll down across the 114 freeway in Irvin, Texas to catch the second half. We were misled!

Fortunately for me, I was with Jeanette. With her beauty and charm, she was able to talk someone who was leaving the game at halftime to give us their ticket stubs so that we could go in and watch the game. We had a blast, dancing in the north end zone, watching the Cowboys play a meaningless game. That was my first game there.

I spent several seasons working for the Cowboys in various positions during the ’90s and I got to see many Cowboys games in that great stadium. I got to meet several of the Cowboys Hall of Famers, Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith. Stood next to Roger Staubach and Tony Dorsett when they would come to games to be honored during some half time shows. PrimeTime Deon Sanders, Nate Newton, Charles Haley and the list goes on and on.

My final game at Texas Stadium, was on Christmas Day, Monday, December 25, 2006. This time I was with my wife, Tricia, and 5 year-old daughter, Elena. It was a fantastic way to spend Christmas Night, watching live Monday Night Football at Texas Stadium.









“Daddy,” Elena asked, “Why is there a hole in the stadium?”

I replied, “Mija, so that God can watch his favorite team play football!”

The Eagles and QB Jeff Garcia caught the Cowboys by surprise and Bill Parcells never had an answer for the Eagles defense. The Eagles kept the Cowboys out of the end zone for most of the game and my final memory of that place is a 23-7 beat down of my beloved Cowboys at the hands of one of their biggest rivals. The Cowboys went on to lose their final game of the season at home, 39-31, to the lowly Detroit Lions. I’m just glad I was not there to watch that one.

Goodbye Texas Stadium! With Jerry Jones’ newest stadium, you sure may not be missed, but you will certainly never be forgotten.