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Selvie becomes Cowboys unlikely defensive leader

OXNARD, CA (KLTV) - In July of 2013, George Selvie wasn't even in the NFL. Let go by four NFL teams in four years, Selvie was running out of chances.

"I was like 'I have one more opportunity and when I get it, I'm going to make the most of it,'" said Selvie. "That's what I did. I was still working out hard. When I got the phone call from my agent, I was running. I called him after the run. He said 'They're going to pick you up. You're going out there tomorrow in California.'"

After arriving to Cowboys training camp last year, Selvie expected to be nothing more than a training camp body.  He was quickly thrown into the fire.

"Coach (Rod) Marinelli was like 'We're just going to have you sit on the sideline,'" said Selvie.  "I get out here and he told me to 'Get in there and make some plays.' That's what it all started from."

Selvie quickly caught Jason Garrett's eye.

"Over and over again it was, 'Who is 99? Who is that guy?'" said Garrett.

That guy became a 16 game starter for the Cowboys. Selvie was second on the team with seven sacks and has become a defensive leader in 2014.

"George is a great example of what we believe in and the culture of our football team," said Garrett.  "Give everyone an opportunity to show us what they can do. If the players have heard me say this once, they've heard it a thousand times. It doesn't matter where you came from."

Selvie is far from satisfied.

"You can't be afraid to make mistakes," said Selvie.  "You've got to go out and make players. You've got to show them what you've got and that's what I did. I want to make more plays, I want to be better than I was last year. It means get more stats and stuff like that and that's what I plan on doing."

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