The heroics didn't need embellishing.
When starting center Phil Costa suffered a back injury in the second quarter of the regular-season opener against the New York Giants, the Dallas Cowboys were forced into using a replacement whose arrival was so fresh he hadn't even snapped a dozen times to quarterback Tony Romo in practice.
Despite those difficult circumstances, Ryan Cook made a seamless transition in helping Dallas post a 24-17 upset. Cook, though, said what he did wasn't nearly as impressive as some Cowboys fans may have been led to believe.
"There's this misconception out there that I'd never played center before, and this guy just hops in and does OK," Cook told FOXSports.com after Wednesday's practice.
"In college, I was a center for five years. I'd only started one (NFL) game at center, but I played a tremendous amount in practice in Miami and even Minnesota as well. I'd rotate in and take reps."