Friday, December 4, 1998
Billups gets a big test
By DENNE H. FREEMAN AP Sports Writer
IRVING, Texas (AP) - Terry Billups spent so much time on the
practice squad it came as something of a shock when he finally
got to play in a real NFL game for the Dallas Cowboys.
Injuries in the Cowboys secondary meant Billups, a rookie
free-agent cornerback, was needed on Thanksgiving Day against
the Minnesota Vikings.
Deion Sanders was already out, and the Cowboys' other starting
cornerback, Kevin Smith, was injured on a second-quarter punt
All of a sudden, not only was Billups, who was on the practice
squad for seven weeks, playing cornerback, but he was also returning
"It was really something to be in a game," said
Billups, who wasn't even a starter his senior year for North
Carolina. "There I was in my first NFL game on national
television playing against Minnesota. You just couldn't beat
the feeling I had."
Billups broke up a pass and got some praise from coach Chan
Gailey, who said, "He wasn't a bust. He made some plays."
Billups said he wasn't intimidated by Randy Moss and the other
"Going against Michael Irvin and Billy Davis in practice
every day got me prepared," Billups said. "I just had
to make sure I knew all the plays and was ready to go. It was
all a little overwhelming, but nobody knew who I was, so I figured
I didn't have anything to lose."
Billups is a former roommate of the Cowboys' No. 1 draft choice,
defensive end Greg Ellis.
"Greg and I were roomates in my freshman year during
our preseason training camp," Billups said.
Billups was released from the Miami Dolphins practice squad
on Sept. 30 and picked up by the Cowboys.
In his career at North Carolina, Billups had three interceptions,
51 solo tackles and 10 passes defensed.
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