CANTON, Ohio – DeVonte Holloman will always have the Hall of Fame Game.
The rookie linebacker came up with the play of the day with a 75-yard interception return for a touchdown after grabbing a tipped pass and sprinting to the end zone to give the Cowboys a 17-0 lead with 6:35 left in the first half.
“I thought about it the whole way here, and it actually happened,” Holloman said of his pick-six. “I had a celebration in my mind and I was kind of overwhelmed so I decided to celebrate with my teammates instead.”
Holloman’s interception was one of two takeaways by the Cowboys' defense against the Dolphins. On Miami’s first play from scrimmage, the exchange between quarterback and running back was muffed and Nick Hayden came up with the ball.
Four plays later, the Cowboys had a 7-0 lead after a Phillip Tanner touchdown.
“The correlation between taking the ball away and scoring points in this league is huge,” coach Jason Garrett said. “When we’ve played our best around here it’s been when we’ve been taking the ball away and protecting it.”
Holloman hopes it is not his last takeaway. He might get to show off the celebration.
So what was it anyway?
“I might save it for later,” he said, “so I can’t spoil it.”