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DeMarcus Lawrence is fulfilling his promise to former Cowboys teammate Tyrone Crawford

DeMarcus Lawrence is taking on a mentor role with the Cowboys rookie LB.

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From Boise State to the Dallas Cowboys, the bond DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford built with one another reaches far beyond the football field. These two may not have the same blood pulsating through their veins, but they leave no doubt they are as close as brothers and it’s clearly evident in Lawrence’s written farewell to his longtime friend and teammate.

Back in April, prior to the 2021 NFL Draft, Lawrence spilled his guts in an emotional farewell letter to Crawford. In it he detailed their journey from their time together at Boise State beginning in 2011 up until Crawford’s recent retirement from the NFL this offseason. He also made a pretty big promise that he seems to be wasting no time fulfilling already.

I will always cherish the moments that we shared together. At the end of the day, you made DeMarcus Lawrence’s pro career. Not many people realize that, but you did. I’m not exaggerating when I say that. And you helped mold me into the person I am today. You lifted me up when I needed it, and you showed me the way. You set the right example, big bro. And, going forward, I promise to do the same for others, and to lead the way you taught me to. It’s the least I can do as a tribute to you.

Read those last two sentences over again and let it sink home.

As a tribute to his longtime friend and teammate, Lawrence promises to be the kind of mentor Crawford was to him beginning back in 2011 when they first met at Boise State. It’s a role we haven’t seen No. 90 really take on or even want in the past, but it looks to be one he’s taking seriously already with the Cowboys this year. And, it seems as if he’s already found his pupil.

Micah Parsons, the Dallas Cowboys 2021 first-round draft pick, has clearly caught the eye of Lawrence already in the early portions of the Cowboys offseason practices. So much so, it sounds as if they’ll be spending quite a bit of time together in the downtime between now and training camp.

With Parsons’ defensive role with the Dallas Cowboys in 2021 yet to be confirmed, it’s a little premature to say he won’t be rushing off the edge as a pass rusher as a rookie this season. Putting in some extra work with D-Law should only help his development, which could help him earn a more prominent role early on this year.

There’s no way of knowing if Parsons spending a little extra time with Lawrence will pay off or not right now, but it does prove No. 90 doesn’t make idle promises. He still has to follow through working together with the Cowboys rookie LB, but it does look as if he’s serious about taking on a mentor role like Crawford did with him. Who knows, maybe that’s exactly what the former Penn State LB needs.

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