Cowboys WR Austin earns recognition the hard way

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — You’re Miles Austin. You’re 5-foot-nothing, 100-and-nothing, with not a speck of …

OK, I’m not going to go “Rudy” on you in describing the Cowboys’ wide receiver. Because, let’s be real, Austin is a good-sized receiver at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds. And clearly he showed this season that he has much more than a speck of athletic talent.

But if you’re Austin, and you went to small, unknown Division I-AA Monmouth, and you were an undrafted rookie free agent just lucky enough to get picked up by an NFL team in the first place, then how in the world could you believe the Cowboys would give you a legitimate shot when they traded for Roy Williams and already have Terrell Owens?

I found out today when I interviewed Austin for a story on the road he traversed that eventually landed him in his first Pro Bowl.

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Simon Samano

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