Jay Novacek

All-American college football player, professional football player, tight end, College Football Hall of Fame member Jay Novacek

Jay McKinley Novacek is a former American football tight end in the National Football League who played for the St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals (1985–1989) and the Dallas Cowboys (1990–1995). Novacek was a five-time Pro Bowler, who was selected to play each year from 1991 through 1995. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008.
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Coach Joe Avezzano remembered in a "light" service before friends, family and former Cowboys players
Star Telegram - Cowboys Corner - almost 6 years
By Clarence E. Hill Jr. Flower Mound _ Owner Jerry Jones and the Cowboys brass took a break from their pre-draft preparations to attend the funeral of former special teams coach Joe Avezzano, who died of a heart attack April 5 in Milan, Italy.   Avezanno, 68, was funeralized at Trietsch United Methodist Church before a crowd of roughly 200 family, friends, fellow coaches and former players in what was somber but light hour-long service.  Cowboys radio voice Brad Sham and Avezzano’s son, Tony, were the designated eulogists.  The list of attendees included Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, Chargers coach Norv Turner, former Texas A&M coaches Jackie Sherrill and R.C. Slocum as well Jones, Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones and Cowboys executive Jerry Jones Jr. along with their families. Also there were Cowboys assistant coaches Joe DeCamillis, Skip Peete, Chris Boniol and former Cowboys assistants Robert Ford and Tony Wise.  Among the former Cowboys in attendance were Hall of ...
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Bears' rout: a harbinger of things to come? - Chicago Sun-Times (blog)
Google News - over 6 years
The Cowboys were without Pro Bowlers Michael Irvin and Jay Novacek. Emmitt Smith was injured in the fourth quarter. And while the Bears played an outstanding game, their margin-of-victory was fortified by two trick plays -- wide receiver Curtis Conway
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Emmitt's place in NFL history both easy and hard to quantify - Dallas Morning News (subscription)
Google News - over 6 years
He played with a Hall of Fame-caliber quarterback (Troy Aikman) and wide receiver (Michael Irvin), plus a Pro Bowl blocking fullback (Daryl Johnston) and tight end (Jay Novacek). Smith also ran behind six Pro Bowl offensive linemen: Larry Allen,
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College Football Betting: North Carolina State Wolfpack Odds & Wagers - Bet SBG
Google News - over 6 years
He was a security blanket for Wilson, much as Jay Novacek was the readily-available outlet for Troy Aikman with the Dallas Cowboys. Glennon's most reliable weapon at receiver is likely to be senior TJ Graham. While O'Brien faces many concerns on
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Konrad Reuland vies to be 49ers' 3rd tight end - San Francisco Chronicle
Google News - over 6 years
The label was bestowed on the 49ers' rookie tight end by wide receivers coach John Morton, who saw a bit of former Cowboys tight end Jay Novacek in Reuland's game. An ex-Cowboy? Reuland expressed indignation Tuesday when asked about being associated
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Harbaugh not yet naming starting QB; plus locker-room notes - San Jose Mercury News (blog)
Google News - over 6 years
Reuland said wide receivers coach John Morton is the one who nicknamed Novacek, for his sure-handed similiraties to ex-Cowboys tight end Jay Novacek. Needled about being referred to one of the 49ers' fiercest rivals, Reuland responded: “Yeah,
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About 50 legendary Cowboys attended practice Friday - Dallas Morning News (subscription) (blog)
Google News - over 6 years
Some of the familiar faces on the sideline included Lee Roy Jordan, Roger Staubach, Randy White, Troy Aikman and Jay Novacek. "So many of these guys live in the Dallas area, so we just thought it made sense to invite them to come out to this San Diego
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Chilo Rachal - New body, new attitude - San Francisco Chronicle (blog)
Google News - over 6 years
-Rookie tight end from Stanford, Konrad Reuland, is drawing calls of "Novacek" by teammates because he reminds them of former Cowboys tight end Jay Novacek with his receptions in practice. Harbaugh said he needs to gain about 10 pounds
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Card Talk: Dark Horse Brews Brothers pleased with Cardinals pre-Camp moves - Examiner.com
Google News - over 6 years
Another Brew Brothers regular, Jim Bond, made the astute observation that, "the Cardinals haven't had a solid Tight End on their roster since Jay Novacek." For those that think Novacek was always a Dallas Cowboy, think again
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Faulk's Rams or Smith's Cowboys: Which was better team? - Canton Repository
Google News - over 6 years
Irvin's best sidekick was tight end Jay Novacek, but he totaled a comparatively modest 2919 yards in the five years. Aikman was a No. 1 overall draft pick who was nursed along by the Cowboys and did what teams like the Browns hoped No
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Holy Todd Heap! Tight End Joins Arizona Cardinals - Raising Zona
Google News - over 6 years
Today, they got the complete tight end they've been searching for since the days Jay Novacek bolted for the Dallas Cowboys. Free Agent Todd Heap, formerly of the Baltimore Ravens, signed a two-year deal with the Cardinals Sunday morning
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NFL Free Agents 2011: Power Ranking the Top 50 Undrafted Free Agents - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 6 years
A big, physical tight end, Torchia was a bit of a throwback to the Brent Jones and Jay Novacek days. He has the frame to be a good blocker once his technique improves. As with most Virginia players, he's exceptionally well coached and disciplined
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Former Cowboys star hosts football camp at Flour Bluff - Corpus Christi Caller Times
Google News - over 6 years
By Staff reports CORPUS CHRISTI — The Jay Novacek Football Camp will be held on Friday and Saturday at Flour Bluff High School. The camp is for ages 7 to 18 from football newcomers to seasoned players. It will feature instruction, lectures and
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Novacek offers view on impact NFL labor talks impact have on retirees - San Antonio Express (blog)
Google News - over 6 years
Jay Novacek has a unique view of the portion of the NFL labor talks that will impact his life. The former Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl tight end is happy to hear the new collective bargaining agreement will reportedly include between $900 million and $1
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Top Ten Cowboys Regular Season Games: #6 - Two Primetime Packer Thursdays - Blogging The Boys (blog)
Google News - over 6 years
Then, after the Packers went 3-and-out, a couple more penalties and after a nifty seam pass to Jay Novacek set up a short Johnston run, Smith took a simple swing pass 68 yards to set himself up for a beautiful TD from the 18 and a 32-24 Dallas lead
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The Emmitt-vs.-Barry poll - msnbc.com
Google News - over 6 years
Some of these players were: Erik Williams (RT), Larry Allen (RG), Mark Stepnoki (C), Kevin Gogan (C), Nate Newton (LG), Mark Tuinei (LT), and Jay Novacek (TE). Plus, Emmitt had Daryl “Moose” Johnson blocking for him at fullback
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Timeline
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    FIFTIES
  • 2014
    Age 51
    In 2014, he was inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.
  • FORTIES
  • 2009
    Age 46
    He appeared as a coach on the Spike TV reality series 4th and Long, in 2009.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1997
    Age 34
    On January 3, 1997, he was placed on the injured reserve list.
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  • 1996
    Age 33
    In 1996, although he missed the regular season because of a degenerative disc in his back, the Cowboys decided not to put him on injured reserve with the hope he could be ready for the playoffs.
  • 1995
    Age 32
    In 1995, he posted his second-highest single-season total for receptions (62) and touchdowns (5), to go along with a career-high in receiving yards (705).
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1992
    Age 29
    In 1992, he was named an All-Pro after leading all tight ends with 68 receptions for 630 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns.
  • 1991
    Age 28
    He was a key contributor for the offense in the early nineties, especially on third downs where he could find the soft spot in the defense. Beginning in 1991, he played in five straight Pro Bowls, while helping the Cowboys make the playoffs each year and winning the Super Bowl three times in four seasons.
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    Novacek was a five-time Pro Bowler, who was selected to play each year from 1991 through 1995.
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  • 1990
    Age 27
    In 1990, the Dallas Cowboys signed Novacek as a Plan B free agent, arguably the best signing in the history of this program.
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  • 1988
    Age 25
    In 1988, the Cardinals franchise moved to Phoenix and even though Awalt remained the starter at tight end, Novacek still ranked third on the team with 569 receiving yards and 4 receiving touchdowns.
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  • 1987
    Age 24
    In 1987, he began the season as the starter at tight end, until suffering a broken elbow against the New York Giants on October 25.
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  • 1986
    Age 23
    In 1986, he was moved to tight end, but was placed on the injured reserve list on August 19.
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  • 1985
    Age 22
    Novacek was selected in the sixth round (158th overall) of the 1985 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals.
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  • 1984
    Age 21
    He competed in the 1984 Olympic trials as a decathlete.
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    In 1984, Novacek posted 33 receptions for 745 yards, 4 touchdowns and set an NCAA single-season record for average per reception (22.6 yards) by a tight end.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1980
    Age 17
    In 1980, he set the state record in the pole vault at and also won the state titles in that event and hurdles.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1962
    Born
    Born on October 24, 1962.
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