News: ST: Melton happy to play at home

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    [CDATA[Family played a major role in free agent defensive tackle Henry Melton signing with the Dallas Cowboys.]]>

    By Clarence E. Hill Jr.

    IRVING — Listening to newly signed defensive tackle Henry Melton tell it, he was not a Dallas Cowboys fan as a kid growing up in Grapevine.

    His favorite team was whichever one his uncle, Ray Crockett, played for during a 14-year NFL career with the Detroit Lions, Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs.

    Crockett, now his nephew’s adviser and agent along with Jordan Woy, believes there’s a little more to the story, which was evident when he dropped Melton off to sign a free-agent contract at the Cowboys’ Valley Ranch headquarters on Wednesday.

    “He was grinning from ear to ear,” Crockett said. “I believe he rooted for the Cowboys when my team wasn’t playing, and there is something about a local kid playing at home. I’m happy for him.”

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