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Cowboys rookie Michael Gallup had a star on his helmet, but there’s an explanation why

Jason Garrett has a lot of traditions as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys.

Some of them are cliché, some are a little over the top, but they’re all done with a good purpose in mind. He’s trying to build a winning culture, and that’s admirable.

One of Garrett’s philosophies is one that he didn’t even start, it’s that rookies have to “earn the star.” This means exactly what you think it does. Rookie players are given star-less helmets (a silver version of the Browns, if you will) and have to “earn” the right to wear the symbol that serves as their facility’s namesake.