Marc Colombo goes back to Cowboys to retire

Marc Colombo, a first-round draft pick of the Chicago Bears in 2002, retired as a member of the Dallas Cowboys on Friday.

Colombo, who started 72 games for the Cowboys after a devastating knee injury nearly ended his career with the Bears, signed what amounted to a one-day contract with the team. Colombo played all last season with the Miami Dolphins after the Cowboys released him following the lockout to clear a space for first-round draft pick Tyron Smith.

Colombo was a tough, physical performer from Boston College. The Bears essentially gave up on him in 2005 when his knee was not responding. The Cowboys, at the suggestion of then passing game coordinator Todd Haley, scooped him up. Haley convinced coach Bill Parcells that Colombo was the kind of gritty, tough performer he would like as Haley was with the Bears when Colombo was drafted.

The Cowboys made a no-risk investment in Colombo and in their strength program and with a little more time, he was back ready to play. Colombo excelled at right tackle and enjoyed a solid career while being a high character member of the locker room.

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