FRISCO, Texas -- Jakar Hamilton last played for the Dallas Cowboys in 2014, but he is hoping to make a return to the NFL through the Indoor Football League.
Hamilton will be among the players on hand for an open tryout for the Salt Lake City Screaming Eagles on Saturday at the D1 Sports Training and Therapy, which counts Jason Witten and LaDainian Tomlinson among its owners. The tryout is open to all players from noon to 4 p.m.
“I’m real excited,” said Hamilton, who signed with the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2013. ‘I’ve been working out every day just waiting for my opportunity to show someone I still got it. I think this will be huge behind the NFL and be a great way for me to get film and show my ability to still play because I’ve not lost anything.”
Hamilton was suspended for four games in 2014 and 10 games in 2015 but said he is eligible to return to the NFL. If he has to go to the indoor game, so be it.
“As a rookie I can admit I did a lot of young, stupid things, so this is a chance for me to show I’ve matured,” he said. “I sat down and had a lot of thinking to do, talked with my family, gone through some family issues and just trying to show people I’ve changed, matured and ready to work.”
The Screaming Eagles are run by FANchise, which allows fans to vote on the team’s location, name, coaches and players. They will also have a chance to call plays.
“It’s the wave of the future,” said Dallas entrepreneur Andy Alberth, who is also one of the co-founders of the National Fantasy Football Convention and Tony Romo's cousin. “It’s really exciting to get the fans more involved. I think the more fans get involved the more opportunities there are. It’s fantasy football meets Madden.”