Story by Josh Ellis, DallasCowboys.com Staff Writer
He was a standout quarterback, wide receiver, running back and kick returner at Desoto High School, and at age 20 he was coming into his athletic prime. Patrick Crayton was a football player, plain and simple.
So it was odd, then, that Crayton wasn't playing football. Instead he was living at the house he grew up in, working two jobs and watching other people with less talent play football on television. While his former teammates and friends were playing on Saturdays, Crayton was splitting time between Enterprise Car Rental and the call center of Providian Financial, a credit card company.
The world needs people to vacuum the carpets of the Ford Focus we'll be pushing around town for the weekend, and someone has to answer the phone when we have billing issues-someone has to do it. But Crayton had talents that were going to waste, and he knew it.
"I actually loved the job," Crayton said of his "Thank You For Calling, This Is Patrick, How May I Assist You" position. "But it was just the fact of being at home, watching TV and seeing guys I played against or went to high school with, and I was like, this is enough of this.
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