Ready or Not, Cowboys Season About to Kick Off

ARLINGTON -- Who's ready for some football?

Well, it's time for the Cowboys to get ready and what better way to do that than at the Flowserve Kickoff Luncheon!

"I think it's exciting for everyone involved," said tight end Jason Witten.

The luncheon is also a chance to raise some money and awareness for Happy Hill Farm, and the schoolkids the charity supports.

"The Hill" has been a big part of these luncheons for years, but this one was a sad one.  Happy Hill's founder, Ed Shipman, passed away last Monday.

"Ed Shipman inspired people," owner Jerry Jones told the crowd.

"We were so fortunate to know him," head coach Jason Garrett said. "Every time we think of him we have a smile on our faces."

Of course, the event wasn't just a memorial service - it was also a football event!

Last season's team awards were given out, and there was optimistic talk about the new season.

That optimism might have been tempered a bit by Tony Romo's injury - the quarterback was nursing his back and missed the luncheon.

On the bright side, newcomer Dak Prescott has been turning heads with his play.

Yep, it's been a roller coaster preseason for the Boys, and the real ride starts a week from Sunday.