Irvin said that in addition to his physical abilities, Holley is one of the quickest learners he has seen.
"He'd pick up things immediately," Irvin said. "If I am a coach and I see him implement something right away, I know I have a player."
The 10-week show opened with 12 prospects culled from a nationwide search. That roster was whittled down to three for Monday's taped final.
"Jesse Holley, the Cowboys can use you," declared Irvin, who made the final call under the watchful eyes of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
Just before Irvin's verdict, Jones told the three finalists, "If one of you is the ballplayer that Michael and Joe and Bill say, you've got a chance be here. Clear your Sunday afternoon calendar cause you are going to be spending it out here with a big star on your helmet."
After the verdict, Jones took Holley on a tour of the Cowboys' new locker room, mentioning that he was the first Cowboys player to see it.
Holley wins '4th and Long'
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