While still drunk on the sweet wine of victory and while we're all engaged in vigorous back-slapping, I thought I'd take some time to slap the broad back of one Flozell Adams.
Watching and reading all of this coverage of the Cowboys' playoff victory would lead one to believe that no one wanted this win more than Wade Phillips and/or Tony Romo, and that no one deserved it more than they. It's hard to argue this.
But then I think about Flozell Adams, who has been here for the last 13 long years. 5-11 years. A couple of playoff heartbreaks. 4 different head coaches and a seemingly endless carousel of different quarterbacks. No one has been in this organization longer than he, and I'd argue no one deserves it more than our big left tackle.
Flozell's taken a lot of heat from fans and media over the years. His false starts and his dumb personal fouls at the WORST times befuddle us and make him an easy target when things don't go right. He gets paid top-dollar and is (rightfully) held to a high standard of play. His long career has begun to take its toll on his on-field play in recent years, but in reality, he's been a rock at arguably the most important position on the offensive line for over a dozen seasons, and that's something you don't come by every day.
Flozell has been a dominant player at his position and the Cowboys wouldn't be where they are today without his consistently high level of play.
I had wanted to end this Fanpost with a quote from Flozell on his first playoff win, so I searched through the local news and blogs and then went to the national outlets - I couldn't find a single quote from Flozell. I guess that's indicative of how the game is viewed now. The Head Coach and Quarterback are the two most visible pieces of a football team. I just happen to think a 13-year veteran left tackle who shuts out Trent Cole for the second week in a row is one of the IMPORTANT pieces of a football team.
So, here's to Flozell. I hope this isn't the only recognition he gets.