San Antonio—The Cowboys have had their share of players known simply by their first name. Days of Troy, Emmitt and Michael may be gone but now they've got themselves an Igor.
"He's a real strong guy man, a big ole strong Russian guy" said Cowboys defensive end Jason Hatcher.
"He's not real pretty, but we like him" joked Hatcher. Wade Phillips likes him too after coaching the defensive end in San Diego.
"I played with Wade for three years and we ranked in the top five against the run and had a 30 sack season and won a lot of games." said Olshansky who'se family immigrated to the United States from Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine when he was seven years old. "We won 3 AFC championships (in San Diego) and I have confidence in him as a coach, coordinator and as a person and I hope he has confidence in me to play right defensive end for the Cowboys" Olshansky said.
"He's a very good technician" said Wade Phillips. "He can run, has good speed and is very flexible for as big and strong as he is. He's a good solid player that can get better and one that I know a whole lot about in crucial situations. He'll come through for you, when you lose players at positions try to replace as good as can" Phillips said.
While Igor will replace Chris Canty, Wade filled Zach Thomas' linebacker spot with a player he coached in Atlanta, Keith Brooking is a 12 year veteran that's been to the Pro Bowl five times and has been working out all camp with the first teamers.
"The top agenda for the guys on this team is to win games and I admire that" said Brooking who Wade brought in as one of the first moves after adding the defensive coordinator position to his plate. "I love to be with guys like that. Football is very important to me, high up on priority list, It's a mans game. The grind of camp, nothing's easy, There's a lot of sacrifice. I have been around a lot of players and coaches and see that we have ingredient to build something special and we have to do it now" said Brooking.
One player that Brooking has impressed, plays across the line from him every practice, During his rookie season, Cowboys offensive tackle Marc Colombo played against Brooking in a game and loves his passion for the game.
"He's just a leader, a vocal leader goes out there and plays hard and does his job" Colombo said.
And you can't have too many of guys on the field like that.
Much more from Day 13 of training camp tonight on The 33 News at 9:00pm