Dallas Cowboys’ Andy Dalton is remembering late Coach Markus Paul in an emotional interview. Paul passed away after collapsing at the team facilities on Nov. 25. He was rushed to the hospital and died a day later. The cause of his death is still unknown.
In their Thanksgiving game against Washington, the team wore decals on their helmets to honor Dalton. They also held a moment of silence before kick-off in tribute.
“This has been a very different week, a week you never want to experience,” Dalton said. “You never want to experience death within the organization. And Markus meant a lot to so many people. And he made an impact on so many people. I think for us, just having a chance to talk about it and remember him.”
“And just talk about ways he has helped mentor us,” he continued. “The way he was as a man, the way he lived his life, I think that’s what made him so special as a person. You feel for the team, you feel for his family. You feel for everybody involved. Our prayers are out for everybody and especially his family during this time.”
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Dallas Cowboys Remember Coach Markus Paul
In a statement, the team’s owner Jerry Jones remembered the coach and his legacy to the team.
“The loss of a family member is a tragedy. And Markus Paul was a loved and valued member of our family,” Jones said. “He was a pleasant and calming influence in our strength room and throughout The Star. His passion for his work and his enthusiasm for life earned him great respect and admiration from all of our players and the entire organization.”
“We offer our love and support to his family in this very difficult time,” Jones continued. “Our hearts are broken for his family and all of the individuals whose lives he touched and made better.”
Player Ezekiel Elliott also remembered the late coach after Thursday’s game.
“I just first wanted to start this out by sending my condolences to the Paul family. I want to thank the Paul family for sharing Markus with us,” he said. “He meant so much to this team and had such a big part of everyone’s everyday life. And we are just grateful that you guys shared him with us.”