Dallas Cowboys rookie defensive tackle Jordan Carrell is fighting for more than just a roster spot this summer. His fight is for the memory of his father, who tragically passed away on April 20, 2016.
Per the Dallas Morning News, if Lawrence Carrell were here now, he'd be sneaking around The Star in Frisco. Jordan Carrell, whom the Cowboys drafted with their final selection (246th overall) in April, says his dad would be ecstatic. Jumping up and down even.
Carrell, the Cowboys' final selection in April's draft, got the call at 4:30 AM and was on the next flight home to California from Colorado, where he played college ball. Lawrence had gone into cardiac arrest from a diabetic coma.
"He knew his dad wasn't doing well. But "we didn't know it was a deathly situation," Jordan said. "Just knew something was wrong."
Lawrence carried on relatively normally after that talk, even traveling to Boulder for the Buffs' spring game. The father-son duo grabbed beers afterward, Jordan now legal. But 11 days later, Jordan was beside his dad's hospital bed, "WTTF" in gold letters lining the chest of his white T-shirt. The letters - short for "Welcome to the Fight" - were the Buffs' 2016 slogan. To Carrell, they also signified his dad's fight.
Lawrence wasn't conscious enough for Jordan to relay the message. He said he pulled his dad off life support early afternoon April 23. Jordan stayed in town for the funeral then escaped back to Boulder, burying himself in schoolwork as a distraction."
In April, Jordan honored the anniversary of Lawrence's death by scoring a draft pick from his dad's family's team.
"Mr. Jones, I'm going to come in and work right away, I swear to you," Carrell told Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones when he got the call on draft day. "This is my dream."
"We know you better than you know yourself," coach Jason Garrett told him. "We've been talking about you a lot."
Still, as the Dallas News pointed out, cementing a roster spot beside veterans like DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford, and newer linemen like Taco Charlton and Charles Tapper, will be tough. SportsDay's latest roster projection has Carrell on the cusp between the 53-man and practice squad.
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