Sacramento Mountain Lion trades Cougar in for Star

When the Dallas Cowboys travel to play the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday, a familiar face to the Sacramento Mountain Lions faithful will be seen. The 6-foot-1 225 lb Safety, Andrew Sendejo, will be suiting up for the Cowboys after signing a contract on November 29.

In Sacramento, Sendejo, led his team with 48 tackles and ended up tying for second in the UFL. He made it known that he was thankful for his opportunity in Sacramento and appreciative of his time here.

“I’m thankful that I had the opportunity to come play in the UFL, because if it wasn’t for the UFL I probably wouldn’t be where I’m at. I’ll always remember my time in Sacramento.”

Going from the California weather to that of Dallas Texas won’t be a tough transition for him, being that he was raised in Texas.

Along with football, Sendejo played soccer, twice being named All-District. A dream as a kid playing High School football in Spring Branch, Texas, he’ll be able to turn that dream into a reality this Sunday, putting on his no. 36 Cowboys jersey for the first time.

“Family and friends are already Cowboys fans but now that they know somebody; they’re even bigger Cowboys fans,” Sendejo said. “I’m just trying to stay focused on football learning the playbook and learning the defense, [so I can] get on the field as fast as I can.”

Sendejo played college football for the Rice Owls, where he totaled 318 tackles, finishing his college career second on the all-time tackles list for Rice. He intercepted 9 passes, forced 7 fumbles and earned an honorable mention in 2009 but his senior season was cut short because of an injury. Sendejo participated in a rookie mini-camp with the Tampa Bay buccaneers and worked out for the New Orleans Saints but it didn’t work out. He would soon find himself flying out to Sacramento to play here for the Sacramento Mountain Lions.

He participated in his first practice for the Cowboys on Monday and will continue to play scout defense and scout special teams for the time being.

“I’m going out there to try and fly around, bust my tail and prove to the coaches and staff that they made a good decision.”


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