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Week of Feb. 14th

Happy late Valentines Day everyone, hope you and your sweetheart had a great one.
As we all know Green Bay won the Super Bowl, it was a really great game guys, congrats. Someone emailed me this story and I thought I would share, its the story of the Packers. Click the blue link below.

Packers Story

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Feb. 6th

As the family sits down and friends gather around the TV its hard to think about anything other than football on Super Bowl day. I would like to bring your attention on an ad that was REJECTED from playing during the commercial break at this years Super Bowl.

“The NFL and NFLPA have turned their backs on those who helped pave the way to the golden highway that both the owners and the current players now enjoy driving down.”

This is an issue that I have personally dealt with myself. I played 15 years in the NFL and I am outraged that this matter has been pushed aside for so many years. There are thousands of retired players dealing with the fact that the NFL will not pay disability to the men that started the game that has become an icon of America itself.

I hope you show this to friends and family and raise awareness on this issue.

Get Us Paid.

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Feb 1, 2011

It is snowing here in Texas so hard! Here is a photo my daughter took of the snow against our back door.

All the people coming down from Green Bay and Pittsburgh are going to think we are big weenies for complaining about the cold here! At least they will be used to the weather.
I hope you are all excited for the Super Bowl, I am excited for the game but not about the traffic the weekend will bring..oh well! It still should be really fun, all of Dallas will be a big party.
Well, I hope everyone is having a great new year and I’ll be back in a few days to post about the big game!

John

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School Of The Legends

Hey guys!

I hope your 2011 is going along great so far, it has been very cold here in Dallas and we got some snow yesterday, that was pretty nice.

I just wanted to let everyone know that I am now on School of the Legends! It is a fairly new website when players and fans can interact with each other and maximize the football experience! Its sort of like Facebook, but on the site are current and former players in the NFL, as well as fans.
It is completely free and a generally really cool website, you can view live feed of players talking to each other and tons of other interesting features.

To join visit www.SchooloftheLegends.com to get started! Tell your friends and other fans to get involved also! Its a huge community with so many ways to connect with your favorite players!

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December 30th Update

Hey everyone! Sorry I have been so M.I.A. lately! I hope all of you had a great Christmas and are all excited for 2011! Its been rainy and groggy here the last few days in Dallas so it doesn’t really feel “holiday-y” at all.

Maybe you have noticed but I now have a Store! You can now buy my bubblegum cards and have them personalized to you or a friend! New things will be added to the store soon like large glossy photos, and maybe some Cowboy clothing. But there are definitely things in there now! To look at my shop just click the “SHOP” tab at the top of my site.

Happy Holidays

John Niland

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Questions Answered Pt. 2

Do you recall and I’m sure you do any special highlights of your college and professional football career? I’m curious because there’s always something significant happening in peoples’ lives. Appreciate it. Thanks! Merry Christmas!
Yes I do recall many, the biggest highlight of college was just making it through all four years, and as for playing professionally, I couldn’t choose a moment, each and every part was very special to me.

I am an avid Cowboys memorabilia collector. I have been a fan for 42 of my 47 years. What is one piece of memorabilia from your playing days that you value the most?
Thanks for this opportunity and God Bless.

I would have to say my helmet. You can buy cards and pictures but my helmet couldn’t be replaced.

Mr. Niland:
I was so saddened to hear of Don Meredith’s passing.
I wish he had written his biography because he had so many fans who would love to know more about him. I understand you are writing your biography and I am very happy to hear that. Can you tell us how it’s going, do you have a publisher, and when might it be printed?
I’m a fan of the “old school” Cowboys. Guys like yourself, Meredith, Don Perkins, Bob Lilly, Bob Hayes, etc. are the ones who truly turned the Cowboys into “America’s Team”. I would love to read more about your own background and your time with the Cowboys of the 60s.
Best wishes to you and your family — may you have a Blessed Christmas!
Fred Goodwin

My book should be out sometime next year, I will continue to update everyone about it as time goes on. I have someone writing and gathering all the information for me and she is doing a great job so far. Everything about my life will be in my book, so when you read it you will find out a lot of things you may have not known.

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Questions Answered

John, may I ask if you sign autographs via the mail? And if so, how can I find you?
Thanks again!
Ray

I charge 10 dollars for an autograph and I donate that money to my favorite charities. You can send it to 2646 Rodney Lane, Dallas, TX 75229 and I will return it promptly if you include a return prepaid envelope.


Hi John!
Its an honor to ask you a question! I wanted to know what your favorite memory, most significant memory playing for the Cowboys? Also, who did you enjoy playing with the most or for?
Thanks for your legacy!
A lifelong Cowboys fan,
Ray

My favorite memory was having my parents see me play before they passed. My most significant memory was Super Bowl V, against the Baltimore Colts. I enjoyed playing with Don Meredith, I missed a block against the Washington Redskins defensive player and that put Meredith out of the game with a bone crushing tackle and Don retired that same year. Crying after the game I thought “shame on me”.

I am glad for the win but I am still worried about this team’s defense. I hope we can find some DB help in the draft. What do you think is the team’s biggest weakness?

Leadership, defiantly leadership.

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Q&A

Hello everyone! Ive been reading your comments on my website and a lot of you have some questions for me, so now I’m giving everyone the chance to ask me anything you want. I am willing to answer any and all questions about playing football, about teams, my opinions etc..

So just leave a question in the comments of this post. To leave a comment click the “Comment” link below. You don’t have to sign up for anything, you just need a valid email.

Check back here in a few days and I will make a whole post answering every question!

Thanks!

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December 19th Game

What a great game! A great start to the Christmas week. That was an awesome game for Austin and Witten, great catches guys.

I hope everyone has a great Christmas, and I wish the best for all of you.

John

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Update week of December 13th

This last Sunday I took my family to the Cowboy game. It was really nice to go with everyone and for my kids to see the new stadium. At the half time show they were honoring all the Cowboy alumni and I got to walk out to the field with my “decade”, which was very nostalgic. It just wasn’t the same without Don. They did a moment of silence before the game for him and I thought that was very respectful of Jerry. Well, Christmas is only days away; crazy how fast time flies. Ill try and do an update next week, it may be late in the week though, I’m pretty busy this next week!

Happy Holidays
John