End of an Era: Cowboys Say Goodbye to Valley Ranch

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VALLEY RANCH — The Cowboys ran onto the practice fields at Valley Ranch for the last time ever, Thursday.

“This is a really special place. For the last 31 years, some of the greatest coaches, the greatest players and the greatest teams ever assembled in the National Football League worked here,” said head coach Jason Garrett. “And the standard they set is high, and what we try to do as coaches and players is embrace that standard every day.”

Yeah, with the Star almost ready to open in Frisco, the team officially bid farewell to the Ranch, their home since 1985.

And it had Stephen Jones waxing nostalgic.

“It’s just amazing what’s gone on since we’ve been here,” said Stephen Jones, Executive VP of the team. “Three Super Bowls, obviously Hall of Fame players drafted in the War Room.”

Meanwhile, it had Michael Irvin realizing that everywhere he used to play is now gone!

“I don’t think anyplace that I’ve done anything exists anymore,” joked the former receiver. “They got rid of the Orange Bowl, they got rid of Texas Stadium, now they’re getting rid of Valley Ranch!”

And much like to now-gone Texas Stadium, while it might be dated now, the Ranch was state of the art when it opened.

“It was just so far ahead of everybody else, there wasn’t anything like it,” remarked Gil Brandt, Cowboys scout from 1960 to 1988. “And Jerry has kept it up really well.”

But new times demand new homes, especially when you’re the Dallas Cowboys. So all that’s left is to say goodbye.

“We’re gonna miss it, and it’s been a special place for me obviously, throughout my career,” said quarterback Tony Romo.

And hey, here’s hoping a change of scenery finally has the Cowboys back to celebrating Super Bowls.