Rod Marinelli

Cowboys rookie Joey Ivie motivated by late sister's memory

While the rest of the Dallas defensive linemen huddled around the water during a break at minicamp, rookie tackle Joey Ivie continued to work.

He crouched into has stance, then rushed toward the goal post, blocking it with his hands. He repeated the move several times until drills resumed.

As a seventh-round pick, Ivie can't rely on talent alone to make the team. There are 17 defensive linemen on the Cowboys roster, and competition will be intense when training camp starts Monday in Oxnard, California.

Ivie feels the presence of a partner against those steep odds: his late sister, Jordan Ivie. Since she died in a car crash when Ivie was a sophomore at Florida, his...

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