The National Fantasy Football Convention finally had the weekend it has planned for three years.
After failed attempts at hosting the event in Las Vegas and Pasadena, Calif., an estimated 4,000 fans packed the 95,000 square-foot Centennial Hall at Fair Park on Saturday and Sunday.
Several current and former Cowboys attended the inaugural NFFC, but the highlight of the weekend was an appearance by Ezekiel Elliott. The Cowboys’ star running back hung out for a few hours, signing autographs, posing for photos and even re-creating his famous leap into the Salvation Army red kettle.
Wherever Elliott went, the masses followed.
“I enjoyed it,” Cowboys fullback Keith Smith said. “You get to see how excited the fans get. You see the genuine love that they have for their Cowboys. It was cool. I’m not as big time as Zeke, so I can’t imagine what he goes through, but I’m cool with the light press they come at me with.”
The other Cowboys who attended included Anthony Brown, Taco Charlton, La’el Collins, Tyrone Crawford, Kavon Frazier, Rico Gathers, Jeff Heath, Anthony Hitchens, David Irving, DeMarcus Lawrence, Mark Nzeocha, Geoff Swaim, Charles Tapper, Cedric Thornton, Lucky Whitehead and Damien Wilson.
Terrell Owens, Drew Pearson and Charles Haley were among the former Cowboys that made appearances. Notable non-Cowboys included Johnny Manziel, Ricky Williams and Arizona Cardinals All-Pro running back David Johnson.
“I think it’s really cool,” Manziel said. “I’ve been talking to [NFFC co-founder Andy Alberth] about this for a couple months. To actually see what it was and see the turnout, see the guys that came out and…
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