Offensive tackle Darrion Weems first came to the Oregon football program in 2007.
As a member of the upstart Ducks, Weems helped lead Oregon to the 2009 Rose Bowl against Ohio State, the 2010 national championship game against Auburn and the Ducks first Rose Bowl win last January against Wisconsin.
After an extremely successful career at Oregon, it was only a matter of time before coaches in the NFL noticed Weems’ talent and gave him an opportunity at playing professional football.
It wasn’t just his size that provided him the opportunity, ( 6’5 – 320 lbs ), it was also his foot speed in the Chip Kelly designed up-tempo scheme, his learned technique from long time offensive line coach Steve Greatwood and Weems’ raw talent as an offensive lineman.
After several NFL cities and several disappointing cuts, Weems recently found a new home with the Dallas Cowboys. On December 5th, with the approval of head coach Jason Garrett and Dallas offensive line coach Bill Callahan, the Cowboys signed Weems to their 53 man roster.
This week, we traveled to Dallas for an exclusive sit down conversation with Weems to discuss a variety of topics including his circuitous journey to Dallas, his thoughts about playing with Cowboy quarterback Tony Romo and the pressures of living an NFL life.
In Part 1 of our two part feature with the former Duck and current Cowboy rookie, Weems discusses his Oregon career and what it was about the Duck football program that led him to Eugene.
This is Darrion Weems; His Life After Oregon.
( Watch Part 1 by clicking the video box above )