In the preceding two editions of The Way of the Rooster, we looked at Jason Garrett as the original Right Kind of Guy and at some guys who used their love of the game to help them achieve legendary Cowboy status. Today I want to touch on the subject of teamwork and how it factors in to being a disciple of the Rooster.
"But we in it shall be remembered
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers"
The Bard; Henry V, Act IV Scene iii
The St. Crispin's Day speech from Shakespeare has been used many times down through the years as a description of the bond between men who have gone in to battle together; most notable recently was as the theme for the Stephen F. Ambrose saga about the men of Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment during World War II. It can also be used to sum up the bond between those members of the Cowboys teams that Garrett played for, and to set forth the type of camaraderie he expects from the team that he now coaches. Jason clearly revealed the type of teammate and team player an RKG is during a presser after a high school football camp just over a year ago. Carlos Mendez quoted the coach as saying his type of guy is in part "... willing to be a part of a team, willing to be a part of something that is maybe greater than himself". For me, that line gels nicely with what Garrett was as a player, but it also sums up a whole lot of that group that dominated the early 1990's.
In the Mendez piece, Jason revealed that a "disciple of the way" must have an ego; however, it must be a team focused ego. In my mind, the one player who most stands out in this area is our own beloved "MOOOOOSE!" To once again quote the Red Headed One, this time from a piece written by OCC, "There is also the right kind of guy who can fit in to your team and make the chemistry of your team right." Daryl Johnston certainly was the guy who did just that for Emmitt Smith. Although he had his own moments along the way, including becoming the third leading all time Cowboys receiver among running backs and scoring 22 touchdowns himself, Johnston's greatest contribution was as the blocker who helped lead lead #22 into history and to a spot in Canton. Most telling of this fact is the emotion shown by Emmitt when he thanked Moose during his Hall of Fame speech. That moment revealed the bond between two "brothers". In fact Smith specifically called Johnston the man who "took care of me like a little brother".
A team, to truly be a team needs a few guys like a Daryl Johnston. They are the ones who give all they have to give to make sure that others shine. They play their role, have their own moments of glory, but yet they stay somewhat in the shadows. The Disciple of the Rooster does not mind. In that light I would compare the things that Johnston did for Smith to what Anthony Spencer has recently done for DeMarcus Ware. Both guys did their jobs damned well, yet their teammate won all the glory. Neither Moose nor Almost Anthony ever complained.