Former Cowboys QB gets another shot

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
In case you missed it, former Cowboys quarterback Drew Henson was signed by the Detroit Lions last week.

Henson said he was two days away from officially retiring and moving on with his life. He got married in Turks and Caicos last month (with Keyshawn Johnson in attendance) and he'd vowed to walk away from the game if he didn't receive a call within a year. Now, he's trying to take advantage of Drew Stanton's thumb injury.

And it's not like Henson could pick a better place. He grew up in the area and played college football for Michigan. Henson was destined to be a No. 1 draft pick while at Michigan, but he left school early to sign a six-year, $17 million contract with the Yankees. When baseball didn't work out, he returned to football and ended up being traded to the Cowboys.

Beginning in 2004, Henson competed with Tony Romo for the backup spot. He held it for the entire 2004 season and parts of 2005. The truth of the matter is that he never had much of a chance with Bill Parcells.

At some point, then-Yankees manager Joe Torre told Parcells that Henson had confidence issues. For those of you who don't know, Parcells hangs on Torre's and Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa's every word.

Parcells casts a pretty large shadow in the league, and when he cut Henson, the league took notice. Here's hoping that Henson makes the most of his opportunity in Detroit.