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Willie Harvey Jr. reveals why he joined Cowboys

Telling words from the newest Cowboys member.

Michael W.

He's one of the newest additions to the Dallas Cowboys, and now he's telling his side of things.

Among the faces who will be making their debut with the team later this fall is linebacker Willie Harvey Jr., who last played with the St. Louis Battlehawks of the United Football League. He also has NFL experience, having previously suited up with the Cleveland Browns. 

For Harvey, he anticipates it being a seamless transition to play under defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer. 

"They run a similar defense and I want the transition to be easy," said Harvey. "I got along well with the guys, the coaches, and I have some camaraderie with special teams [coordinator John "Bones" Fassel] and it was an easy decision."

"It's a linebacker-driven defense — keeping the linebackers free to make plays," said Harvey.

Meanwhile, he won't be taking his second opportunity in the NFL for granted.

"I'm honest with myself," he said. "And I know I probably didn't work as hard as I should have and put in the work. Getting a second chance in the spring league I was like, 'Hey, I have another chance to perfect my craft at linebacker, and to get smarter, get faster and get stronger. That's kind of what I did in my first year and I felt like that wasn't enough, so I went back and did it again."

"Man, it was truly a blessing," he said of getting the chance with Dallas. "Even with the XFL and USFL being here, I never had to move. I've always been at home, so getting the opportunity to play for [the Cowboys] was a no-brainer."

We're looking forward to seeing what Harvey can do with the Cowboys in 2024! 

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