Boise State football fanatics have still another reason to follow the National Football League as well.
The second round of the NFL draft was only minutes old Friday night when the Dallas Cowboys told league elite and a national television audience that they were picking former Boise State defensive end Demarcus Lawrence, the No. 34 pick in the 2014 draft.
Lawrence became the seventh-highest NFL drafted player in Boise State history (offensive tackle Ryan Clady was the highest drafted player in Boise State history in 2008).
In a post-draft press conference, Lawrence told reporters that he grew up in a big Dallas Cowboy fan-household.
"You wanted to be a Cowboy all your life, and now you get to put on that blue and that silver, so it's just amazing," he said Friday night.
Clady will have something in common with two other Boise State alums who also suit up for the Cowboys—defensive end Tyrone Crawford and cornerback Orlando Scandrick.
Former Boise State players are on 12 NFL team rosters: the Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Detroit Lions, Carolina Panthers, St. Louis Rams and Minnesota Vikings.