The America's Team phenomenon was at it's peak and Dallas was loaded. It was August 1979 and Cowboy fans everywhere were gushing about the team's rookie defensive linemen. During the fourth quarter of an early preseason game (I can't remember against whom), Dallas had four rookies in the game at the same time -- Bruce Thornton, Mike Calhoun, Curtis Anderson and Ralph DeLoach. During two or three series, the rookie foursome put pressure on the opposing QB EVERY down. The other team was trying to pass to catch up and their young QB was the victim of a feeding frenzy. A much younger Brad Sham gushed (I'm paraphrasing), "There's no way Dallas can keep all these young linemen, but someday we'll look back and marvel that these four guys were in the same draft class and in the same camp together." As we look back, Thornton was the only guy Dallas kept and the other three never did anything in the NFL. And then there was running back Robert Lavette's annual all-star performance each August for the Cowboys. He didn't make it either. I realize Dallas fans (and football fans in general) rarely jump to conclusions and never react too quickly on these things. It's hard not to when we're all starved for a real game to be played. We've been reading about these guys and anticipating for so long. The overreactions are inevitable. We're probably all guilty of it (including professionals like Sham). I'll call for several guys to be waived by halftime tonight and will be convinced that others are the real thing. I'll try to remember the four rookie defensive linemen in 1979, but it'll be hard when we see these young guys flying around the ball tonight.