Posted on Sat, Nov. 05, 2005 TD is still carrying the ball By TRACEY MYERS STAR-TELEGRAM STAFF WRITER Being a professional athlete means keeping a hectic schedule. That doesn't necessarily change after you've retired, especially for Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett. The former Cowboys running back kept busy through the early fall lending his hand to a good cause. He helped commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Miami Project, a foundation started by Nick Buoniconti for his son, Marc, who was paralyzed in a college football game. You've been in Dallas for a long time. What's your attraction to the area? I've been in Dallas since 1977. That's a long time and I've watched this city grow. This city back then was and still is a melting pot. People come from all over. It's very seldom I was meeting someone who was a true Dallas [native]. It's changed a lot since 1977 when I first came here. What do you think of the Cowboys' progress? I think they're headed in a positive direction. I've seen the franchise go down and Jimmy [Johnson] and Jerry [Jones] zbring it back up. And they were able to win those Super Bowls in a short amount of time. Then you saw it decline again and it's swinging back up now that Jerry made a conscious decision to get a football guy in here to handle the business. He was wearing all the hats and I think that was stretching him thin. He's got a guy who's been there, done it, and the dividends will be paid. So you like what Bill Parcells is doing? I like Bill. I think Bill knows what buttons to push on to get the best out of his players. He's a guy who brings out the potential of all of his players, and he gets some to play above that. He's a no-nonsense type of guy and I can't help but appreciate that. Your alma mater, Pittsburgh, is going through tough times. Do you see the Panthers improving? I hope for nothing but the best. I spoke with [Pitt coach] Dave [Wannstedt] right before the Notre Dame game. He told me he had a concern about the defensive line being a little undersized. It showed that evening when they played Notre Dame. If we give Dave a chance to recruit his own players -- he's a Pittsburgh guy and knows what it's about, and he knows Miami -- I think he'd do well recruiting in Western Pennsylvania., Ohio, West Virginia, and down South. He'll be able to recruit some players. He's been in the pros, so he knows what the game is all about. He could have some influence. It's like when I came out. If you want to be a part of something new, Pitt is the place to go. I think he'll get it done if we give him time to get the players in there. You've got your own food products business. How's that going? Business is getting better every day. We're doing food with the military right now, and with institutions, schools and hospitals. It's really starting to take off. I'm real excited about the potential. I don't know if we'll ever go retail. Don't feel the need to. You probably won't see us in grocery stores.