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Pulling up to airport, Anthony Brown took Cowboys' call

Cornerback Anthony Brown was taking his girlfriend to the airport when he got the call that the Dallas Cowboys would be taking him in the sixth round. Michael Hickey/Getty Images

IRVING, Texas -- Anthony Brown waited as long as he could for his name to be called Saturday before he had to drive his girlfriend, Treyvia, to the Tampa airport. She is in the Army and had a flight to Fort Hood to catch.

As Brown, a cornerback from Purdue, pulled up to the terminal, the Dallas Cowboys called.

They had just picked him in the sixth round of the draft.

"It was a Dallas, Texas, number, so I already knew once the call said, because there's only one team in Dallas. But sometimes coaches will call from a different area code," Brown said. "I just had a feeling it was going to be Dallas because I saw through the whole draft that they didn't pick a corner, and I know they needed a corner. And before the draft I had a good feeling."

Brown watched the second and third rounds on Friday, hoping his name would be called. He planted himself in front of the television again on Saturday. He thought he would have gone much earlier than the sixth round.

The Cowboys actually had a fourth-round grade on him.

"I was watching all the picks and more and more I kept falling," Brown said. "My girl had to go to the airport, so I just said I would take her to take my mind off it for a little while. … Someone else could've given her a ride, but I just chose to just give her a ride so I could stop thinking about the draft."

That the Cowboys chose Brown, who had four interceptions last season, seemed almost pre-destined to him. They spoke with him at the East-West Shrine Game as well as at the combine. Secondary coach Joe Baker kept in touch with him as well.

But it goes deeper than that. His mother was a Cowboys fan, so he was a Cowboys fan. He knows all about the secondary from the re-signing of Morris Claiborne to Brandon Carr to the injury Orlando Scandrick suffered last year.

His mother had him watch all the games growing up.

"She'd been a Cowboys fan before I was born," Brown said. "When I was a baby, she has a picture of me in an Emmitt Smith shirt. So that's kind of cool too."