Nighthawks GM Talks Roster, Cowboys Stadium

We talked to Wichita Falls Nighthawks General Manager Jerry Hughes about the team's announcement they'll be playing an exhibition game at Cowboys Stadium on January 25th.

The first question, of course, was "How'd you pull that off?"

"When we moved to the PAFL, and then started to design that league, we went after the big fish immediately," explained Hughes. "So we got some connections at Cowboys Stadium, we made a few phone calls and put it together."

It's a double-header featuring four teams from the newly-formed league.

The first game starts at 6:00 p.m. with the North Texas Stampede facing the West Texas Outlaws.

Then the Nighthawks play at 8:30 against the West Texas Drillers.

That may seem a bit late to kick off, but Hughes says it saves fans from needing to miss work.

"You can even get your work day in and get to Dallas on time to catch us that Friday night," Hughes said.

In addition to the games, the $20 cost of admission includes free parking, and a self-guided tour of Cowboys Stadium, which normally runs $17.50 for adults.

"You get to see the locker rooms and all that good stuff, and for twenty bucks it's unbeatable," Hughes said.

He also talked about the latest players the team has brought in to the roster, including several players who were in NFL training camps this summer.

"You know, Robert Griffin from Baylor, that was with the Jets, Sam Fehoko from [Texas] Tech that was with the Eagles," said Hughes. "We are also bringing in our center, who played at UCLA, Ryan Taylor, and he was with the New Orleans Saints."

They're also bringing in a name familiar to Texas A&M fans, former Aggie quarterback Jerrod Johnson.

Johnson started for three years at A&M before Ryan Tannehill took over, then was drafted by Pittsburgh and spent the entire 2011 pre-season with the Steelers before being waived.

"You know, he's got good height, 6'6", a good arm," Hughes said. "And obviously, with the NFL line that's been brought in, that averages 6'4", 320 pounds, you've gotta be able to see."

Of course, it's important that not just the Nighthawks have a strong, well put-together team, but that they play opponents that are strong enough to make for a good game.

"You have to do that," Hughes agreed. "A high level of football and competition is what everybody wants. Not only the fans in the stands, but athletes that we've brought in to this community. They're from D-I universities, NFL squads, and so they strive for a high level of competition so it's important that we provide that for everybody."