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Randy White delivers message to Cowboys

IRVING, Texas -- As has happened a lot during Jason Garrett's tenure as Dallas Cowboys head coach, he had a legend stop by and speak with his team.

On Tuesday, Hall of Famer Randy White addressed the team, spoke with the defensive line and spent time on the practice field as well.

"It was a great deal for our men to be around a man like that, now," defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said. "Just having a man like that with them all day and visiting with them and talking football, but not just the football but how you approach the game, he's a special guy."

DeMarcus Lawrence knew of White, but the second-year defensive end didn't know him.

"We watched some film on him and he really got after it in his time," Lawrence said. "He's a great athlete, great player and I'm wishing to learn some more about him."

White played for the Cowboys from 1975-88. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1994, as well as the Cowboys' Ring of Honor. He was a nine-time Pro Bowler, eight-time All Pro and co-Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XII. In 1978, he was named the Defensive Player of the Year.

But his message was not about individual accolades.

"I just kind of shared a few things that I think are important: the teams I played on, why they were successful," White said. "We had a good group. We cared about each other. You gotta have the drive. To be good, you've got to make sacrifices, you've got to pay a price and you have to do the things that the other guy doesn't want to do. And you beat him physically not only physically but you beat him with your mental preparation. When things get tough -- and they always do -- you don't point the finger anywhere else. Each guy's got to look at himself and say, ‘Hey, what can I do to make this team better?' If everybody does that, there's something else you can do and then you're going to improve."

White was impressed with Marinelli because of how hard he had the Cowboys playing last year. What stood out to Marinelli about White as a player?

"Relentless," he said. "Every down. Every down. That's what you want to bring to our guys."