Former Cowboy Escobar ready for new challenge in AAF

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SAN ANTONIO - When the Commanders kick off their inaugural season there will be a familiar face for Dallas Cowboys fans on the other team.

Gavin Escobar, former NFL second round draft pick, is now playing tight end for the San Diego Fleet.

The Cowboys drafted Escobar in 2013, where he backed up eleven-time Pro Bowler Jason Witten.

"I'm not really a talker, but I like to show my leadership just by how I go out to practice every day," Escobar said. "Just being a professional, what I learned from guys like Jason Witten just trying to do that here and showing guys you've got to bring it every day and just be a professional going about your business."

He has 30 catches for 333 yards and eight touchdowns in his NFL career, but after his time in Dallas, he was a bit of a journeyman. Escobar had quick stints with the Kansas City Chiefs, Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens and most recently the Miami Dolphins.

After getting cut last September, he was training in California with some friends that is where he heard about the Alliance of American Football.

"When this opportunity came about it was kind of either quit playing football or keep playing football, so that was an easy decision for me," he added.

Escobar has a shot to be one of the top receivers for the Fleet and will play back in the Lone Star State when they open things up in San Antonio.

"It's definitely exciting being back in Texas, I don't think I've been back since I was in my last year with Dallas so you definitely feel that energy in Texas that football is a big deal, so it's nice to be back here for training camp and we'll be back here for Week 1."

The Fleet and Commanders will open up the season on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Alamodome.

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