Wearing No. 48, Jake Ferguson wants to live up to Daryl Johnston’s legacy

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Cowboys rookie tight end Jake Ferguson was born on January 18, 1999. Former Cowboys fullback Daryl Johnston only played one game after Ferguson was born, and that game came before Ferguson’s first birthday. .

Yet when the Cowboys made Ferguson a fourth-round draft pick, he asked to wear Johnston’s No. 48 knowing the story.

His grandfather, former longtime Wisconsin head football coach Barry Alvarez, worked with Johnston in Fox’s broadcast booth a few years ago.

“(Alvarez) actually texted me and said, ‘You better not throw shade on 48,'” Ferguson said, via Rob Phillips of the team’s website.

Johnston won two Pro Bowls in 11 seasons while serving as lead tackle for Emmitt Smith and helping protect Troy Aikman.

“Moose and (No.) 48,” Ferguson said reverently. “Some guys are like, ‘Oh, he (wears) 48.’ I’m like, ‘You don’t know who was wearing size 48.’ »

Ferguson joins a tight ends room that has starter Dalton Schultz back on the franchise tag and Jeremy Sprinkle back as a tackle. So, Ferguson thinks he has a role.

He learned to block in Wisconsin and showed his potential as a receiver with a career-high 46 catches last season.

“We need it,” Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said. “The style of play that we’ve established here, he definitely fits into that. But the versatility to play on the ball, off the ball, we’ve talked about that a bit. He’s played in a professional kicking formation before. clearance (on special teams), just little things like that, just because of the way Paul (Chryst) is playing up there in Wisconsin. It’s definitely we need more, and I think Jake is a great choice for us.

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