Meet Ms. Price: The number one Dallas Cowboys fan

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Some sports fans are the most passionate in the country. Non-sports fans see them screaming on TV, wearing body paint and funky hats and think, “These people are crazy!” Crazy, enthusiastic, passionate – call it what you will. Whatever it is, there’s no denying that sports fans are an interesting group of people. In fact, some fans are so passionate/enthusiastic/crazy that they become almost as famous as the teams they root for.

Well the Dallas Cowboys sure have one of the most passionate fans in the NFL. Her name is Carolyn Price. But most fans know are just as “Ms. Price, the #1 Dallas COwboys fan.”

You’ve probably seen her at the tunnel at Cowboys Stadium yelling “Dak”, Ezekiel” or even Tony Romo! You wonder how does she get to take pictures with some of your favourite Dallas Cowboy Players. “How does she do that.

Ms. Price grew up the fourth of nine children. She always looked up to her brothers. She started attending games in the 1960’s with her brothers who she looked up to. Naturally, she began rooting for the young team as well. By the mid-70’s she was attending nearly every home game. Ms. Price said she’s probably been to about 250 games since then.

A fan fixture among the Dallas Cowboys fan base

This enthusiastic fan has been front and center for some of the most historic moments in franchise history. She was in attendance at the famous ‘Hail Mary’ game in 1975, when Rodger Staubach found Drew Pearson in the end zone on the last play of the game in the Wild card game vs the Vikings.

Ms. Price started attending every Cowboys training camp, open practice and every Cowboys event there was and a lot of games as well. After that Cowboys fans just named her the #! Dallas Cowboys fan.

With her notoriety, there are some perks that come with it that some fans can only dream of. She became very close to some of the players, almost like a mother figure. One of the closest players she mentored and nurtured was Demarcus Ware.

“I met Ware when he was a rookie in Oxnard, California.” Ms. Price said. “We were eating at BJ’s with his family and I told him then that he would be a Pro Bowler. We all laughed, but look what he turned into.”

A fountain of wisdom for Cowboys Nation

With so many incredible stories I asked her which is her favourite Cowboys player of all time. She just had a big sigh.

“That’s a tough question Ms. Price said. I love them all so much and there are so many great memories and great players. Emmitt Smith, Troy Aikman, Leon Lett, Jay Novacek, Michael Irvin, Mark Stepnoski, Roger Staubach, Bob Lilly. They were all so nice.”

To show how close she is to all the Cowboys she shared with me a very interesting story.

“My birthday is on November 27th, which is the same as Larry Allen. It always falls during the Thanksgiving game week. About three years ago, they found out about my birthday so they came out of the locker room and gave me a signed ball after the game. Now it’s up on my shelf in a glass case.”

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Passing on a legacy of fan wisdom through stories

These are a few of the many amazing stories Ms. Price shared with me in our half hour conversation. many of which are in her newly released book on Amazon “Priceless Dream.”

Carolyn talked about everything from her childhood to how many jerseys she owns (about 300 or 400). She says that if a player has a rough game, she’ll wear his jersey the next week, but the two jerseys she wears the most are Dez Bryant’s and Tony Romo’s.

Once the topic of Romo came up. I asked her how she felt about him retiring. ” I am not thrilled what happened but that is life and football.”ย  She went to talk about the Romo haters. Something Ms. Price doesn’t take too fondly among those fans that do that.

You tell them this,” Ms. Price said. “If you were a true-blue fan, you’d hang in there and support our players.He’s still my quarterback. I’m a true-blue Cowboy fan. You’re wearing all the jerseys, having all this fun, and all of a sudden you’re saying he’s a horrible player. It takes the fun out of being a fan. We need to stand tall and support our players.

That is Ms. Price, always standing behind her boys through thick and thin

I asked her about this young group of Cowboys with Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott. She said ” They are awesome”. And she is very pleased with the draft of Taco Charlton and the draft class.

She also said” These young guys need to behave on the field and off. “Because its the Dallas Cowboys”. We are always scrutinized and everything is magnified.

This article was originally published by OAT contributor Yusuf Nahkooda.

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AKOYE gives Cowboys fans absolute best value on YouTube

Chances are you have seen 1 of Darius Coit’sย YouTube videos. His ability to break down Cowboys film from an unbiased position is rather unique.ย What’s surprising is all of this new found recognition started behind an accident. I caught up with him recently via phone to share some background info on him and his passion with OAT. Let’s get to know the man behind AKOYE Media.

Learning to survive in diverse environments at a young age

At a young age Darius found passion in boxing. It was from 8-12 years old when he learned the discipline that comes with training and how to prepare for fights. All of the behind the scenes work required like conditioning, technique, and strategy. Growing up in the projects was rough, and this was his outlet and skill set he learned to survive in his habitat.

Currently residing in the heart of the enemy in Philadelphia, my first question to him was how did he become a Cowboys fan. He shared he was a military brat growing up and was originally from the DFW area. FT Hood to be specific. An Army base located about 160 miles south of Dallas.

Inside of this story, he shared another story how he once almost joined the Navy while living in Baltimore. He immediately had my attention. Having retired from the Navy myself I was all ears. He was still looking for that discipline and structure in his life at the time. He was set to process for enlistment. However the night before he ran into some Marines, and decided to change his mind from joining the Navy. Although his recruiter wasn’t feeling that, he convinced him to stay Navy, and went through the process anyway.

Prior to departing for basic training it was that moment he decided to not have his children vicariously live their lives through their father. Much like he did with his family growing up. Without getting into to much detail I could automatically feel why he did so.

“I have detachment issues. As a military brat you develop the tendency to make new friends and fit in your new surroundings more quickly. It was then I knew I wanted my children to experience life more differently than I. Not having to move around frequently but remain in one location.”

AKOYE, YouTube, Cowboys, OAT

AKOYE has been apart of Darius life all along at an early age. Inspired by a Dragon Ball Z Akoya jacket worn by a friend. “Accumulated Knowledge Over Years of Experience.”

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How his passion for the Cowboys led to YouTube splash for his production company AKOYE Media

Remember how we stated this was all an accident? After years of finding his way through life he found himself in college for a couple of years then working for a marketing company with a unique background with a focus on Google. He shared very little further about it however he stated they performed “Black Ops’ type of strategies for companies that would help them brand and market themselves more effectively. Then it all tied together.

By virtue of this role he understood how Google owns YouTube, and their algorithms work. Creating engaging content that encourages viewers to comment, like, and subscribe to channels. Shortly after the Cowboys 2017 season, he like many of us heard the ridicule about Dez Bryant heading into the off season. He wanted to express his views personally.

Here is where Darius produced and shared his hit YouTube video racking up over 200k views currently. Only as a last resort because he had no where else to upload it. He shared he never intended on dedicating his talent to becoming a You Tuber. It simply happened organically. Since then he has created the AKOYE Facebook fan page, so be sure to “Like” it today!

In response to those who criticized him for attempting to remove the blame from Dez’s dismal season that lead to his release he breaks down film on Dak Prescott as well. Equally spreading the blame which big media refuses to do to date. Slanting players in the media for their collective gain, and dividing our fan base. AKOYE however gives it to our fans up close and personal with fact supported arguements !

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In conclusion

Unlike many other Cowboys fans on YouTube, AKOYE Media has officially taken off. Cowboys fans can expect more raw film breakdown supported with factual information and narratives. Darius is truly inspired by his recent recognition from the fan base and plans to give us more of what we need moving forward this season.

If you’re planning to attend the draft, you can catch him at the Official OAT Draft event headlined by Dallas Cowboys Scouting, and JoJo’s Replay. Both fellow You Tubers. Darius has teamed up with DCS to give subscribers more value from a true Cowboys fan perspective. Be sure to check the flier below for details and look for Mr AKOYE himself at the event! Lastly be sure to subscribe to our blog here for more great stories about out our fans for this upcoming season.

Why Jerry Jones is all business at the end of the day

The Dallas Cowboys cut Dez Bryant. That sounds crazy doesn’t it?

First of all if it does sound crazy to you maybe we need to understand Jerry Jones more. I think most “Old-School” Cowboys fans know where I’m going with this. The very first thing Jerry Jones did after becoming the new owner of the Dallas Cowboys was fire the only head coach the team had ever known. His name was Tom Landry. He coached the Cowboys from their first year, 1960 all the way to 1988.

Jerry Jones, Tom Landry, Dez Bryant, Business

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Tom Landry was almost instantly replaced by Jimmy Johnson. Both moves almost dividing the fan base completely between the “Bleeding Blue” Old Guard of fans who took it as a personal slap in the face. To the younger, more forward-thinking fans whom were tired of the recent slump, and hungry for a change of ANY kind.

Jerry Jones didn’t turn the Dallas Cowboys into the single most valuable sports team in the world by making popular decisions. You’ll find most massively successful people are not necessarily liked by all. Those people are a different breed, and whether we like it or not, they are necessary.

I could compile a list of former Dallas Cowboys, all of whom made massive contributions to the team and its legacy, but for this example, I’m only using one, and he was kind of a big deal. Emmitt Smith. Yes, the leading rusher in NFL history.

Emmitt Smith, Jerry Jones, Dez Bryant, Business

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Emmitt was not the player he used to be

Granted, he played from 1990-2002 with Dallas, but he had not broken a 1200 yard season in roughly 3 seasons. Emmitt was loved by all, and for good reason. He was a HUGE part of the 3 Super Bowl wins in the 90’s, but was also a great man, and never caused issues or headaches to the team.

Smith was released because it was the “right thing to do for the Dallas Cowboys.” We heard this same response today by the Cowboys front office. This time however it was Dez Bryant who learned he would not be offered a chance at a pay-cut. In addition he was being released by the Cowboys after 8 seasons. Business as usual right?

Jerry Jones, Dez Bryant, Business

Bryant’s steep drop in production can be connected to so many things. To me, it started in 2015 when he broke his foot against the Giants. Dez was never the same after that. A wide receiver can’t do much without his feet. This injury lingered well past his surgery. In 2014 Dez posted over 1,300 yards and 16 TD’s. In 2015 he had 401 yards and 3 TD’s. 2016, 796 yards and 8 TD’s. Last season, he had an up-tick at 838 yards and 6 TD’s.

It has been 3 seasons since Dez Bryant posted his “Usual” numbers

Sound familiar? Emmitt hadn’t posted his “Usual” numbers in 3 years either after putting up epic numbers for seasons before. Numbers that afforded him big money in contract negotiations. But no matter who you are, no matter how much the fans love you. When you no longer produce to the level you are being payed, you will likely be cut.

Jerry Jones, Dez Bryant, Business

The fan base is currently divided between this Dez Bryant decision

As a result of the decision here is the divide. Fans who wanted Dez to stay, and those that either wanted him gone. Either because of his drops in 2017, and overall under-performance, or those whom are supportive of the front office decisions in terms of our future.

It’s important to realize we are fans and have no ability to change the face of this organization, its personnel or anything regarding decision making. As fans, we have to understand this is a business before it is a game. As fans, we have to support our team as a whole if we want to call ourselves Dallas Cowboys fans, not just fans of a player. Fans of the Star!

Dez Bryant fans are not happy right now, neither are most Cowboys fans in general. It will take a while for most of us to get over this. It will take a die-hard Dez Bryant fan even longer to get over this. That is, of course, until they see him in a different uniform. Which he will no doubt be in very soon.

In conclusion

That’s how quickly things change in the NFL. If you can’t get used to these types of decisions being made, you are in for a long life of anxiety and sadness. The Dallas Cowboys are in the middle of a huge “Youth Movement”. This movement, while unpopular with many, is a way of life in the NFL.

Dallas has to look forward to the next few years. We will have to pay Dak and Zeke a huge amount of money if they perform to their 2016 abilities before their current “Bargain Priced” rookie contracts are up. Bryant’s is just another step to free up cap room for the future. Finally getting out of contracts that no longer help the team. The quicker we come to grips with the fact that this is a business, the quicker we can see that this move was “Business As Usual” for Mr. Jones.”

ESPN features Sehons love for Cowboys, each other on “We The Fans”

Sehons make debut on ESPN for world to see their love of team

In case you missed it, ESPN is airing “We The Fans.” A short series featuring Cowboys fans who absolutely love their team. Our very own members, Tim Sehon and Justin Sehon of Official America*s Team (OAT) were featured. Let’s meet the Sehons shall we?

I meet both of them back in November while in Dallas for the Eagles game. Man do they know how to have a good time. True die hard’s in every sense! I recently caught up with them over the phone to discuss this experience with ESPN and their new found fame. Her is a sample of their ESPN debut while traveling back to Justin’s hometown to introduce Tim to his mother. In addition inform here of their engagement.

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The Sehons story is an interesting one

Justin is originally from Indianola, MS. The home of the late great blues singer B.B. King. Tim on the other hand grew up not to far from myself in Bruceville Eddy, TX. After they initially met they kept in touch long distance. Eventually seeing each other throughout the course of their relationship.

What really fuels their love for one another initially started out on the domino table at a friends party where they initially met in 2015. After discovering each other online through a mutual friend. They both shared with me they are very competitive in nature. This strengthened their bond. Especially after discovering they both loved the Dallas Cowboys.

It was in October of 2015 when they both made it official. Then after a year of dating on Justin’s birthday December 21, 2016 Tim actually proposed to him. As their love for one another grew, so did it for America’s Team, The Dallas Cowboys.

We watched our first game together in a sports bar in Arlington. The first game of the 2015 season. It was when I seen how Tim displayed his passion for the team and the game that I knew we had something special. We both repped our team even harder from that day forward. ~ Justin

 

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Soundcloud interview on ESPN Sehons journey

In addition to this write up I had conducted a phone interview with both of them to capture some of their passion. Unfortunately Soundcloud changed their recording settings and it was an epic fail. I wanted to have them share their story of being discovered and featured on ESPN.

Tim shared in the summer of 2017 they were contacted by Disney. In case you didn’t know they actually own ESPN. Thanks to social media they were discovered and selected for “We The Fans.” A representative flew out and followed them both around to capture parts of their lives.

They were both very excited to share their story with OAT, and for the world to see. How their love for one another and their team is an unbreakable bond. Later that summer in 2017 they were married in Rivera Maya Mexico at a resort. It was actually via their Facebook accounts I learned of their spot on the show. From there I knew we needed to expand their story for others to follow.

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In conclusion

I thanked both Tim and Justin for sharing their story with OAT. Learning more about who they are, and what they represent was truly special. Despite what society may say or view of them is irrelevant once this show is viewed on ESPN April 12 at 4PM PST, 7PM EST. This couple represents the diverse fan base we have.

In addition to the Sehons many other fans were featured. From the likes of our very own Ms Carolyn Price, to a Cowboys fan devastated by the hurricane in Houston that wiped out their home. On any level I know many fans like you and I will be watching this. Simply because our fan base is the most loyal in the NFL!

Have yourself a laugh at my expense today. Here is my failed attempt at their phone interview via Soundcloud.

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