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The last place you’d ever expect to find a nice Jewish boy is on the Dallas Cowboys!

Alan Veingrad has led two very different lives:

Veingrad is a former offensive lineman for the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, where he blocked for Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith on the way to a Super Bowl championship in 1992. Gridiron glory ended, and Veingard has begun his second life, this time as a bearded, kipah-wearing shomer Shabbos (Sabbath observant) Jew who davens (prays) three times a day.

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His Bible Belt college teammates had never met a Jew before. The same could be said for many of his NFL teammates. Veingrad did not experience any overt anti-Semitism during his career, he says, but he remembers one player telling him that “stereotypes are true” when it came to the canard that “Jews are cheap.”

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“Judaism is not what many people think it is,” he concludes. “It is better than they could ever imagine.”

(Read the full article: From Football to Frum)

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