Garrett docs not give himself the credit that he should. But that is why he is another critical piece in this giant Cowboy jigsaw puzzle. Aikman signed an eight-year, $50 million contract in 1993. This season Garrett will make about $144,000. Still, Garrett understands and even approves of what he sees around him. "I've told Brill that these guys are not making too much money," he says. "They earn every penny. Daryl Johnston has cuts all over him, his finger is sticking out, and he hits the middle linebacker 70 times a game."
Brill, who calls her husband "the nicest guy I've ever met," likes to tell about the time Scott Turner, the 12-year-old son of former Dallas offensive coordinator Norv Turner (now the coach of the Redskins), came to camp and played catch with some of the Cowboys. "He went home and told his brother, Drew, who was four, that he'd met the players, and that one of them was Jason Garrett, the quarterback with red hair," she says. "Drew was confused. After a while he said, 'He has orange hair.' He was just learning his colors."
Somebody even asked Barry Switzer after the Green Bay game if Garrett had "punk hair." Somebody else wanted to know if Garrett "did" his hair that way. Garrett laughs. It's all O.K. with him.
On the wall in the little apartment is a framed essay by Theodore Roosevelt. It begins, "The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, who strains valiantly...."
For a time there, it was none other than Jason Garrett himself.