IRVING, Texas — The one Dallas Cowboy who will feel at home Sunday in San Diego is rookie tight end Gavin Escobar.
Escobar played at San Diego State and will have his own cheering section at Qualcomm Stadium. He managed to get 22 tickets to the game for family and friends.
“It’s definitely a business trip, but it will be nice to see some family at the game,” Escobar said. “I’ve got a lot coming, so it will be nice.”
Of course, Escobar isn’t expecting a warm greeting from the rest of the sold-out crowd.
“It’s definitely going to be a different atmosphere,” Escobar said. “Obviously, being on the road in an NFL game, it’s going to be loud and they’re not going to be cheering for us. But I’m used to playing on that field, so I’m sure I’ll feel a little bit at home.”
Escobar said the visiting locker room for NFL teams at Qualcomm doubles as the home locker room for San Diego State. Not only will he be in familiar surroundings, but he’s familiar with the playing surface.
“I know that where the logo is, the painting, it’s real hard,” Escobar said. “The end zones are pretty rough, too, but that’s about it.”
Escobar got into the end zone for the first time as an NFL player last week. He’s caught a pass in every game, with the highlight being a 24-yard touchdown pass against the Rams.
“It’s definitely nice having the first one out of the way,” Escobar said. “It would be cool to be able to score in front of my family and everything. We’ll see how it plays out.”