It’s Texas, it’s the Dallas Cowboys, it’s Jerry Jones. So of course we expect it to be over-the-top. But a $1.5 billion practice facility (we talkin’ bout practice!) seems a bit much, even for Jerruh.
But that’s exactly what the team has now, and the Cowboys officially moved into the facility – known as The Star – on Thursday.
The Cowboys packed up their headquarters in Irving, the iconic Valley Ranch, last month, after calling it home for over 30 years. They broke ground on The Star, about 20 miles away in Frisco, two years ago. The team website for the complex touts it as “an experience for fans worldwide” (emphasis theirs), a partnership between the franchise, city, and the Frisco school district.
Said Rice: “People need homes. People need shelter when they’re in a crucial situation. I’ve donated a lot of money to charities, but I had a situation where it was a national crisis. I’m not saying I’d be (donating the salary) to get on the field, but it’s something that will show where my heart is. My heart is about finishing the right way and helping people along the way.”
Rice has been working out near his home in Stamford, Connecticut. He married Janay soon after the incident and the couple have a four-year-old daughter, Rayven, with a second child due in September. Having not played since 2013, Rice has fielded no interest from NFL teams this offseason.
Since the incident, Rice has made a series of visits to colleges and also to the Ravens, where he shared about his mistakes.
“I think the biggest donation that you can give to domestic violence is your time,” Rice said. “I’m not just going to be giving it because I have money. I’m going to be giving it because I did the background and the research and spent a lot of time with people who understand the cause.
McClain notes that Watt is expected to be ready for the Texans’ season opener against the Chicago Bears.
However, citing a source, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo tweeted that Watt’s recovery could take up to 10 weeks, which could lead to him missing at least the first game.