Hambrick Released

It wasn't really a surprise to learn that running back Troy Hambrick was released yesterday. The only "running" the former South Carolina star did during his career with the Cowboys was with his mouth.

During his four year career with the Dallas Cowboys, running back Troy Hambrick never eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark.

He also never truly gained the confidence of his teammates, his coaches, or the organization. And in the grand scheme of things, that really shouldn't come as too much of a surprise.

You see, controversy has always surrounded Hambrick.

From the high school ranks, all the way through his career in college at South Carolina and Savannah State- Troy Hambrick has never lived up to expectations.

Just ask Lou Holtz, who booted him out of the SEC and forced him to take his talents elsewhere. Or, ask Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who basically did the same thing to him yesterday when he was released.

"Troy gave us good effort for all of his time with the Cowboys," said Jones announcing Hambrick's departure. "We appreciate his contributions and wish him the best as he explores his future options in the NFL."

Hambrick has always been an enigma.

He has obviously been blessed with size, speed, and natural ability, but he's never been able to fully capitalize on it.

Last season, during his first year as the designated starter, he arrived to training camp overweight and out of shape.

"I feel like a fat boy," he told reporters during the first week in San Antonio. "I can't seem to come out of my break quick enough or hit my stride."

While he would eventually get down to a weight that was "suitable" for Bill Parcells, the production needed by the Cowboys offense never followed.

He finished the year with 972 yards, averaging just 3.5 yards per carry.

If another team claims Hambrick, they would have to honor the one-year, $628,000 contract. But as an unrestricted free agent, he might be subject to the veteran minimum of $455,000.

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