Lifetime Cowboy?

IRVING, Tex. - For most NFL rookies, getting selected in the NFL Draft marks a new beginning. For offensive lineman Robert Brewster, it meant a return to his football origin — sort of.

"My high school was the Wyoming Cowboys (in Cincinnati, Ohio), so I started my career off being a Cowboy," he said after his first NFL practice Friday at Valley Ranch, "and I hope to finish my career as a Cowboy."

Brewster was chosen by Dallas out of Ball State in Muncie, Ind., where he was the Cardinals' top lineman. He was confident he was going to be drafted, and internally, was hoping the Cowboys would be the team that called his name.

"When I came on my visit, they showed a lot of love, and I just fell in love with Wade Phillips and all the coaches," Brewster said. "I was hoping and praying that I could come here, and I was talking with my agent, Cliff Brady, and he said I had a good chance of coming here. When I sat back and saw that call from the Cowboys, words can't explain how happy I was. I just sat there and cried and held my son in my arms."

The biggest change for Brewster might end up being a change in position. A tackle at Ball State, Brewster said there's a chance the Cowboys also will work him at guard, and said that if that's what it takes to get on the field, he's ready to move inside.

"Right tackle, left tackle, guard — it doesn't matter to me," he said. "All it takes is practice, and if you work at it hard, you'll be 100 percent fine, so that's what I'm going to do — that's what I'm here for.

"That would be great (playing guard). I'm just ready to work, and work hard. Wherever they put me, that's where I'm going to go."

Prior to his senior year at Ball State, Brewster had arthroscopic surgery on his knee, but played in all of the Cardinals' games in 2008, and said he feels no residual effects from the procedure.

"(Before) my senior year, I had my right knee scoped to get cartilage cleaned up, but I was able to come back at the start of the season, 100 percent healthy," he said. "As long as you work at it and rehab good, I'm 100 percent healthy, ready to go. I'm just glad to have my first day under my belt, get out here and get the feel for it. I'm glad to be done doing the position drills at the combine, and glad to be back playing football.

After a strong senior season, he finds himself with the team that bears the same nickname as his high school team, and said he is grateful to his new franchise for choosing him.

"When you put on the equipment … it hit me the first day I got here — I couldn't believe it," he said. "As soon as I walked in the building and I see the Dallas Cowboys — they're the No. 1 team, America's favorite team, so to have the opportunity to play with them … I'm blessed."

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