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La’el Collins Says He ‘Wanted to be a Cowboy’

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La’el Collins was absent from the public eye as controversy swirled around him. When it finally came time to step back into the spotlight, the newest member of the Dallas Cowboys had plenty to say.

“I just want to thank God for this opportunity,” Collins said to open his introductory press conference. “This opportunity sitting here in front of this organization, everything that it stands for, everything that these guys are trying to build here. I feel like I represent. I feel like I fit in. … I had the opportunity to choose from 32 teams where I wanted to be. I wanted to be a Dallas Cowboy.”

The LSU offensive lineman displayed a big personality in what was an emotional scene at Cowboys headquarters. The press conference took place hours after Collins signed a three-year contract with the team. Collins was joined on the stage by his mother, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and head coach Jason Garrett.

via Dan Hanzus of NFL.com


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