IRVING, Texas On the first night Dallas Cowboys Nation met just-drafted safety J.J. Wilcox, he lost his composure in a comically positive way, accepting the news from owner Jerry Jones while screaming with glee in the phone with a chorus of his family and friends screaming with glee in the background.
On Wednesday, the rookie returned to practice and to the locker room after spending 10 days back home in Georgia to mourn the death of his mother.
And he did so with great composure.
"Text messages, the flowers and stuff, the coaches calling and checking up on me, the PR people it was great," Wilcox said, calmly fielding dozen of questions from the media. "It makes a difference when you have somebody that's supporting you."
Wilcox recorded an interception in Oakland almost two weeks ago and was in a celebratory mood, but shortly after that got the call from home that his mother, Marshell Wilcox, 49, had lost her 13-year battle with lupus.
"She was fighting it for a long time," ...