Quite the scene took place in the Cowboys’ locker room Sunday following the team’s 27-24 comeback win over the 49ers. A tearful Jesse Holley, who just minutes before had caught a 77-yard pass in overtime that set up Dallas’ winning field goal, proclaimed loudly to his teammates, “I don’t even deserve it.”
Here’s the reality, Jesse: Yes, you do.
Talk about a guy who has paid his dues. Holley, who played basketball and football at North Carolina, went undrafted in 2007, was signed to the Bengals’ practice squad, but was cut midseason. From there he latched on with the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League, only to be released after the team’s first preseason game in 2008.
Clearly, nobody wanted this guy on their team, which is why it took winning Michael Irvin’s reality TV show, “4th and Long”, in 2009 for Holley to earn an invitation to Cowboys training camp.
Prior to Sunday, Holley didn’t have an NFL catch but came up huge for Tony Romo on Dallas’ final drive in regulation. Then came the dagger in overtime.
All this makes it easy to understand why Holley would feel the way he did in those emotional moments after the game.
“I’m still at a loss for words,” he said Monday on NFL Total Access. “I didn’t even sleep last night. I just stayed up all night in the dark in amazement of what happened. It was a joyous moment for myself and my family. I guess hard work really does pay off.”
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