Originally written on Dallas Cowboys And The NFL  |  Last updated 11/20/14

IRVING, TX - 2009: Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in Irving, Texas. (Photo by NFL Photos)
IRVING – Jay Ratliff is regarded as one of the Cowboys’ top leaders – by example But this season the Pro Bowl nose tackle has adopted a more vocal role. Against New England, Ratliff sought out Tony Romo after an interception and offered encouragement. On Sunday, his spoke out on the sideline and one the field. “I really don’t believe in pep talks,” he said. “I truly just say what’s in my heart, just talk about what needs to get done, get everybody to try to see that. We’re fortunate to be playing this game. No matter how long your career is, it’s a short window. So you want to try to make the most of it.” Ratliff added that he tries to be judicious when it comes to speaking out. The last thing he wants to do is step on the toes of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan or any other coach. “I don’t believe in always trying to jump in front of Rob or anything like that,” he said. “But when something needs to be said, I’ll step in and say it. “That’s all there is to it. I’m not look
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