Spears Speaks To Scholastic All-Stars

Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Marcus Spears was in Tyler Thursday to speak at the KTBB- David Smoak Scholastic All-Stars Banquet.

Spears has played every game since the Cowboys made him their first round draft pick in 2005, but admitted this coming season was even more important after last year's first round playoff exit.

"We just came up short, man," Spears said.  "It's very frustrating, but we feel like we have the squad to do it this year, we just have to put the work in. It wasn't the effort last year, we just wound up on the wrong side of the ball, and the Giants wound up playing great the last four weeks of the season."

Spears spoke to the Scholastic All-Stars, twenty-four high school athletes selected for their outstanding contributions on the field and in the classrooms. The list of athletes selected includes thirteen valedictorians and four salutatorians, and this year's honorees held a collective GPA of 99.95.

Reid Kerr can be reached at rkerr@kltv.com.