ARLINGTON, Texas – Dallas Cowboy legends Drew Pearson “Mr. Clutch” and DeMarcus Ware have been announced as Community Ambassadors for the franchise’s multitude of youth outreach initiatives focused around the 2018 NFL Draft held at the home of the Cowboys, AT&T Stadium on April 26-28.
Ware and Pearson both have strong ties within the North Texas Community and each will play a significant role in working with youth on and off the football field in the weeks leading up to the draft. The pair will attend various community events encouraging the youth of North Texas at every academic level – elementary, middle, and high school in the efforts of art, athletics, character education, mentorship, and teamwork.
Both of these class athletes earned the right to play for the silver and blue. Drew Pearson played for the Cowboys for 11 seasons, rising from an undrafted free agent his rookie year, to being named to the Dallas Cowboys’ Ring of Honor. He became one of the top clutch receivers in the NFL, including his famous catch of the original “Hail Mary” pass by Roger Staubach in the final 20 seconds to beat the Vikings, earning him the nickname “Mr. Clutch.” During his career, he led the team in receptions and receiving yards during four consecutive seasons and was named to the Pro-Bowl 3X.
DeMarcus Ware played for the Cowboys for 8 seasons, becoming one of the most beloved linebackers in Cowboys’ history. He was picked 11th overall by the Cowboys in the 2005 draft with an impressive vertical lap at the NFL scouting combine and soon made his presence known on the field wearing a star. He made 6 straight Pro-Bowls. He accumulated 108.5 sacks in his tenure with the Cowboys and six consecutive 10-sack seasons making him one of the most dominating players on defense in the league.
What better candidates to influence and support the generations of athletes and students to come. These two men were once in their shoes and have made an impact on and off the field.
DeMarcus Ware, Drew Pearson, Dallas Cowboys Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer Charlotte Jones Anderson; Arlington ISD Superintendent Dr. Marcelo Cavazos kicked- off the first of several NFL Draft community programs for a community meeting at AT&T Stadium today Thursday, February 8th. The group presented two of the outreach initiatives created for AISD junior high and high school athletes, district football coaches, athletic coordinators, and administration.
Superintendent Dr. Marcelo Cavazos stated, “ The NFL Draft will be used as a backdrop to mentor these kids…and help them realize their dreams while in our school system. “
The schools in Arlington ISD have an incredible opportunity to partner with the Dallas Cowboys and integrate the youth in the outreach initiatives to football and achieving their dreams.
Chief Brand Officer and Executive Vice President Charlotte Jones Anderson discussed “ It has been a journey to get the draft here. We have a chance to fight for it one more time. We are on the clock. No better Friday Night Lights than here at AT&T Stadium. Because of you (AISD) is why we want to partner with you. We have an opportunity to impact student’s lives and you have taught them to get back up after they fall down. A community builds a player and the huddle creates unity.”
Charlotte Jones Anderson named DeMarcus Ware the “epitome of great character.” Ware got up to share at the meeting this morning, “ Thank you for letting us be Ambassadors. I look at this room and I see impact and a showcase to how football can make a difference in the community. At the draft young stars are born. Not just the professionals, but also the ones we try to impact. Make our own little stars. Thank you for letting me lend a helping hand. The Dallas Cowboys are not just “America’s Team” but a family. That is their motto.”
Ware ended with a powerful convicting statement for all of us,” The draft is every year, why can’t we make a difference every year?”
Brianna Dix graduated from Dallas Baptist University with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Communications. She is a reporter, writer, host, and avid sports fan with a passion for sports.