What do you get when hard work meets opportunity? You get Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver Miles Austin. Austin is best receiver on the team and is also one of hardest workers on the team as well. I think that mentality comes from him being an undrafted player coming out of Monmouth University in New Jersey. Austin made the team in 2006 mostly as a Special Team Kick Returner and even had a Kick Return Touchdown to put the Cowboys ahead in NFL Wildcard Playoff game against Seattle. I distinctly remember him having a huge smile on his face as he was running for the End zone.
By 2008 it seemed like Austin had things all together, he was making strides as a receiver and contributing to the Dallas offense. Just as it seemed he would breakout he got injured and a few days later the Cowboys traded for Roy Williams. That left Austin fourth on depth chart behind: Terrell Owens, Roy Williams and Patrick Crayton. In 2009 the Cowboys had cut ties with Terrell Owens but Austin didn’t truly shine until Row Williams got hurt. In a pivotal Week 5 match up against Kansas City, Austin had a career game going for 250 yards and scoring the Game Winning Touchdown. Right then and a there a star was born and he was selected to this first Pro-Bowl. He finished the 2009 season with 81 catches, 1,320 yards and 11 touchdowns as the Cowboys won their first playoff game in more than a decade.
He signed a huge new 6 yr, 54 Million Dollar Contract with Dallas during the 2010 Off-Season. He played well once again earning his 2nd straight trip to the Pro-Bowl but the Cowboys failed to meet expectations and didn’t make the playoffs in 2010. In 2011 he got to a very fast start scoring four touchdowns in the cowboys first two games but he caught the injury bug. He injured his hamstring and the injury hampered him all year long. He only caught 43 passes for 579 yards and 7 touchdowns and again the cowboys failed to make the Post Season.
Going into the upcoming 2012 season, the cowboys really need a healthy Miles Austin. They need him because of the match ups he can pose against a defense. He runs his routs with purpose, has good hands and his tough to bring down after the catch because of his strong lower body. He won’t hesitate to out jump you for the ball either and when healthy he’s one of the few receivers that can take over a game. He had been having another very good camp when recently he felt a twinge in his hamstring. The team says it isn’t serious but the Cowboys are treating the injury serious giving him rest in hoping that the injury won’t flare up again.
Miles has a great relationship with his parents and has established his own foundation. The Austin Family foundation helps the youth in lower income areas and they focus on community involvement. Miles Austin is a very good football player but he’s also a great person and it’s very easy to root for guys like him the NFL.