Clad in Dallas Cowboys gear, former TCU defensive tackle Chucky Hunter sat in the Cowboys locker room at Valley Ranch, his name posted on a locker above names like Tony Romo and Dez Bryant.
While Hunter has not signed with the team, he said he was just glad to be there.
“I haven’t talked to other teams,” Hunter said. “I’m just going to give it all I’ve got here and see where God takes me.”
Although he hasn’t spent much time with Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, Hunter said both Garrett and TCU head coach Gary Patterson share the same intensity.
“They’re very competitive. They motivate you,” Hunter said. “That’s what I can see right now from the first day.”
Catalon’s locker was not far from Hunter’s.
Catalon, who had missed the final five games of TCU’s 2014 season due to a concussion, said he’s not quite sure what he did that got the Cowboys’ attention, but the team wanted him to come out to practice.
“I guess just, of course, making plays on the field but also having history of being a good student athlete on and off the field,” he said. “They wanted to take a chance just to see what I can do in person. That’s exciting.”
There hasn’t been much difference between the college and professional atmosphere, Catalon said, but the main difference is the competition.
“Some people weed out and the best of the best keep going,” he said. “It’s my goal and my dream to just be able to come and be able to be part of the best of the best.”
Despite missing the end of his junior season, Catalon finished with 98 carries for 493 yards, as well as 10 rushing touchdowns.
If a career with the Cowboys doesn’t work out, Catalon said he still wants to come back to TCU to finish his degree.
“I do still have to finish up at TCU so that would be the next plan of action,” he said. “Just finish up there, and then go on after that and see what else life has for me.”