I don't facebook, but I'm pretty cool with Twitter. Breaking news flies fast, and it gives you a chance to contact a celebrity without infringing on their privacy or requiring a long response. Jimmy Johnson is on it all day it seems. Recently, I confirmed a story with Daryl Johnston via Twitter that I heard several years ago. It is perhaps my favorite story in Cowboys lore, and I believe I posted it here before some time back. It's worth a "republishing" from time to time because, to me, it is the quintessential reflection of what sports and teamwork is all about. We all remember Emmitt's emotional thank you to Moose at his Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and at his retirement years before. I remember even more how he broke down in DJ's arms on the sideline moments after he broke Walter Payton's record. He's the one player Emmitt wouldn't turn loose of that day. More than Michael, more than Larry Allen, more than even his family. But years before, in a much more private way, Emmitt reached out to thank Moose for everything he sacrificed as a player and lead blocker for the eventual all-time rushing champion. Moose had gotten bad news. The repeated batterings had crushed his neck vertabrae to the point that spinal fusion would be necessary, and his career was over. That was it. He wrestles with it to this day, as he did the multiple contusions and injuries Emmitt watched him play with for so many years. Emmitt understood what Moose meant to his career, and the kind of man he was. He wanted to thank him in a way that truly showed his appreciation for him, long before a speech was ever given. So Emmitt commissioned Vernon Wells, a famous oil painter, to express Emmitt's feelings about DJ with a painting of the two of them. In the painting, Moose is charging up field with Emmitt on his hip, looking for block to set Emmitt loose. Except in this painting, Moose is detailed in brilliant color, taking up most of the frame, while Emmitt is sketched lightly in charcoal in the background. This time, Moose is the star, and Emmitt is the supporting teammate. As I heard it years ago, Emmitt pulled up in front of DJ's house one day on short notice, and personally delivered the painting himself. No doubt, that was quite a moment. I'd heard virually nothing about this story since, and there's nothing really online to confirm it. I was concerned that I had unintentionally embellished it over the years, perhaps wanting it to be truer than it was. I've told it personally and professionally multiple times. So I was both glad and relieved when Moose responded and confirmed the story was true. He said it hangs as the centerpiece in his office these days, and that it means the world to him. And such is my favorite Cowboys story of all time. I just wish I could see that painting with my own eyes.