COMMENTARY | When the Dallas Cowboys make their way north to Arrowhead Stadium for Sunday's game in Kansas City, there will be two former Chiefs looking forward to returning to the place where they began their NFL careers.
Brandon Carr, who signed a five-year, $50 million contract with the Cowboys after the 2011 season, and Brian Waters, who just joined the team last week, will both be playing their first game in Kansas City without donning Chiefs' red.
Carr and Waters etched their careers out in similar fashion in Kansas City, as neither was expected to be as good as they have shown to be in the NFL.
Carr, drafted in the fifth round back in 2008 out of Grand Valley State, has started all 81 possible games and has proven to be a rock at cornerback in his two stops in the league. Waters went undrafted, but has appeared in six Pro Bowls and was named First Team All-Pro twice during his stint with the Chiefs (Waters played with the New England Patriots in 2011 and was out of the league last year).
Waters is practicing and trying to work his way into game shape, so his status for Sunday's matchup is still up in the air. But Carr will be on the field and is excited about the chance to play against some of his former teammates, but acknowledges that his focus is on winning.
"It's going to be exciting. I never switched teams in my whole career. I always played with my same team from start to finish. It's going to be interesting to see how it goes. But it's a business trip. It's special to go back. Finally get a chance to go back and play against some of the guys I practiced against. But I'm a Cowboy now. Now it's time to represent for the star."
Though Carr understands what is on the line here, he hopes that the fans throw a little love his way.
"Whether they cheer or boo, I'm locked in and ready for this 60-minute battle. Hopefully they give me some cheers. But if not, hey, we're going to try to win a ballgame. That's all that matters."
Tony Gonzalez, now with the Atlanta Falcons, finally made his way back to Kansas City to open the 2012 season. Welcomed with a rousing ovation, the tight end will go down as one of the best players in franchise history.
While Carr and Waters are not quite on that level, the Arrowhead crowd should be just as excited to greet them as they are about their return to Kansas City.
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