Marc Colombo signs contract to retire as a Dallas Cowboy

Marc Colombo, the Dallas Cowboys' starting right tackle from 2006 to 2010, signed a ceremonial one-year contract with the team Friday so he can retire a Cowboy.

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"My time here was the majority of my career," Colombo told, "I feel like this place made me the football player I always wanted to be. It's just an amazing place with an unbelievable owner. To be able to play at other places you realize there's nothing like being a Cowboy."

Colombo was drafted in the first-round by the Chicago Bears in 2002. He was released by the Bears because of a serious knee injury when the Cowboys took a chance and signed him in 2005.

By 2006 Colombo solidified himself as a starter for Dallas, only missing seven games in 2009 because of an ankle injury and one game in 2010 with a knee injury.

Colombo was released by the Cowboys in 2011. The tackle then signed with the Miami Dolphins and played every snap last season.

"It's really good to be able to come back here," Colombo said. "I think getting away for a year was a good thing because it made me realize how fortunate I was to play as long as I did with the Cowboys. To come back in and meet with Mr. Jones, it was really humbling. He's a great owner and I have nothing but the utmost respect for him. He's always treated me well. I just think being able to retire as a Dallas Cowboy is something I always envisioned after I'd been here for a few years. We're living here now. The fan support has been great and I'd just like to thank everybody."

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