Living literally two blocks away from Monmouth University, I was ecstatic when Miles Austin signed with the Dallas Cowboys a few years back. He instantly became a guy that I loved to root for, as he played his college games within walking distance of my house, and he was now on my favorite professional team; the Dallas Cowboys.
When Austin had a kick return touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks in the opening round of the playoffs in 2006, I was going crazy. The local hero was doing amazing things on the professional level in meaningful action. It was surreal.
However, after that big-time play by Austin, he had faded into the background as a Cowboys receiver and kick returner. I was still rooting for him, but when he received limited playing time, there was not much to root for.
During this offseason, when the Cowboys released Terrell Owens, the team seemingly had enough viable options at receiver to keep Austin on the sidelines. However, with the lack of production by their supposed number 1 receiver, Roy Williams, Austin has stepped up lately putting up gargantuan record-setting numbers for Big D.
Austin is proving that he is number 1 material at the receiver position, and he has shown that he has all the tools that it takes to make it in this league. If you told anybody that the Cowboys would be running on a QB-WR combo of Tony Romo and Miles Austin, both undrafted players, they would say that this team is a bottom-feeder in rebuilding mode. But not the Cowboys. This combo of Tony Romo and Miles Austin has been the best in the league over their last 2 games, and it looks like nobody in the league can do it better.
Romo seems to have gotten his groove back, and Austin is showing everyone that either he has a knack for breaking tackles, or the NFL players have to learn how to tackle better. Miles’ yards after the catch is what is making him so spectacular, and it is also what is going to make Romo’s job a whole lot easier. When you combine his tackle-breaking ability with his extreme speed, he is a quarterback’s dream, and the type of player that always keeps your team in a game.
If Austin keeps up this kind of production, I will be able to root on my hometown hero with tons of pride. After all, it’s not everyday that the guy who went to college down the block from you turns out to be an NFL superstar for your favorite team.
Hopefully this storybook novel has a storybook ending, and Miles Austin could ride his magic carpet all the way to MVP honors in this season’s Super Bowl. Oh, how sweet that would be.
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