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It's the dead season; June in the NFL is usually a very slow month and with the lockout in place, it's even more dead in 2011. So while surfing around the web I ran into a collection of stories about former Cowboys. Decided to pass them along even though there's nothing earth-shattering in them. Just some brief entertainment on Saturday.

The mothership caught up with Cowboys legend Rayfield Wright. A little bit of the Q&A:

Although the Cowboys are two years into their new stadium, Texas Stadium is not forgotten. What was your greatest memory from playing in Texas Stadium?

"When I first walked into Texas Stadium, I thought it was the greatest stadium to walk into. But my greatest memory was the first game, because we won that first game at Texas Stadium, and I will never forget that game because that's when Duane Thomas scored the first touchdown in Texas Stadium, and that's my greatest memory."

By the way, who nicknamed you the Big Cat?

"You might not believe this, but Bob Hayes was the one that named me that. Bob Hayes had a knack for naming guys. Like he named Cornell Green, and I can't tell you why, but he called Cornell Green 'Sweet Lips.' And some of the nicknames, well, I just can't tell you."

Former Cowboys lineman and first-round pick, Howard Richards, is now part of the Missouri college football radio team. He's an alum of Missouri.

Richards started four games as a true freshman, blossomed into an all-conference player and became a first-round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys. Yesterday, Richards, 51, was officially welcomed home as the new color analyst for Missouri football radio broadcasts. He’ll join the booth this season, replacing, of all people, the man who brought him to Missouri.

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A week ago I posted about Leon Lett's guest coaching stint with the CFL's Hamilton Tiger Cats. Apparently, he had quite an effect on the players there.

"Lett knows what it takes to win a championship," the Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive end [Stevie Baggs] said. "That’s the main thing I wanted to know from him. I asked, ‘How did you guys look at training camp? How cohesive was your team on and off the field?’

"He told me, ‘Listen, every day isn’t great, but you make the best of it.’ I respect that and I understand that. Every loss is a lesson, but so is every win."

"We always look at someone’s glory and not their story," Baggs said. "I knew he was a Pro Bowler, I knew he was a Super Bowl champion, but I didn’t know that he got drafted so late. I didn’t know he was fourth or fifth on the depth chart when he came in. I didn’t know they were questioning his work ethic. I didn’t know those things.

The Ti-Cats defensive coach said:

"That’s what he passed on to the players and you could see their practice habits are way better now than they were when we first got here."

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I always like former Cowboy Chad Hennings, his military commitment and his tenacity on the field endeared him to many Cowboys fans, Today, he's helping reach out to others through his Christian beliefs.

Hennings served as an Air Force pilot flying A-10 Thunderbolts in Iraq and earning two aerial achievements medals, a humanitarian award and an outstanding unit award for his actions. He then returned home and played defensive lineman for nine years for the Dallas Cowboys, earning three Super Bowl rings before his retirement in 2001.

He now serves as president of Hennings Management Corp. in Dallas and is the founder of Wingmen Ministries, a Christian Men’s Group. He also is the author of "It Takes Commitment and Rules of Engagement: Finding Faith and Purpose in a Disconnected World."

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Then there's case of a former Cowboy not doing so well. Following in the footsteps of Nate Newton, another Cowboys offensive lineman is having trouble with the law for distributing marijuana.

[Kurt] Vollers, 31, of Dallas, remains on bond. He is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 2 after pleading guilty in April 2010 to one count of conspiracy to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana. Vollers was an offensive lineman for the Dallas Cowboys from 2002 to 2004 before playing one season for the Indianapolis Colts in 2005.

Vollers, who reportedly owns a home in Coppell, assisted by facilitating the delivery of marijuana to the Dallas area, facilitating the storage of the drugs, repackaging bulk marijuana for sale, distributing marijuana to buyers, facilitating the transfer of money from buyers and counting the proceeds from the sale of marijuana, according to the release.