The Dallas Cowboys opened their 2015 NFL season with a big win over the New York Giants at the weekend.
Tony Romo led the Cowboys on an excellent fourth quarter comeback to seal the win with a touchdown pass to Jason Witten. But it was the Dallas defense that laid the framework for the win, stopping the pass and run game of the Giants well.
The benchmark was set by Cowboys safety J.J. Wilcox, who delivered an absolutely crushing hit to star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. The hit shook Beckham up and threw him off his game, but it caused more damage to Wilcox himself.
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The hit the Cowboys safety delivered on Beckham at the end of a pass play in the first quarter was so hard it reportedly broke Wilcox's nose, according to David Helman of the Cowboys official website.
Wilcox didn’t leave the game after the big hit, explaining that he told the medical staff to leave it be until after the game.
"I had it looked at, but I told them don’t mess with it — told them to leave it alone.”
Wilcox went on to add that the type of hit he put on Beckham is one that a lot of players dream of making, getting the perfect angle and absolutely laying the pain on someone.
“Safeties, that’s what you live for. That’s what you dream about, and all that good stuff,” Wilcox said following the tackle. “It wasn’t only me — it was the pass rush, it was the cornerbacks playing close on him. When I got an opportunity, I had to make it."
The Cowboys Twitter account tweeted this out of Wilcox's nose following the game...