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Billboard in Tyler, Texas, takes jab at Cowboys, proclaims city is Cleveland Browns territory


@JManziel2 @GBHunting look what my hubby had put up in Tyler!

The Dallas Cowboys may be America's Team, but they are no longer Tyler, Texas' team ... that is according to a billboard on Southwest Loop 323, not far from the Hwy. 155 intersection.

The billboard reads: TYLER, TX IS NOW CLEVELAND BROWNS TERRITORY and shows a player wearing No. 2 - Johhny Manziel's number with Cleveland - carrying a Browns helmet. Across the bottom of the billboard it reads: PAID FOR BY FORMER COWBOYS FANS.

The Cowboys, you may remember, passed on drafting Manziel with the 16th pick in the draft, selecting Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin instead.

An SB Nation report says the billboard was paid for by Texas A&M fans who pooled their money.

The fall of Manziel in the draft - some mock drafts had him being taken first overall by Houston - was one of the bigger dramas of the first round. The Browns passed on him with the fourth overall pick but laterselected him with the 22nd pick of the first round.

It was assumed he would be gone by the time Dallas picked at 16. The Cowboys had repeatedly said they would not draft Manziel because of the commitment they've made to quarterback Tony Romo.

Jerry Jones initially said it was no problem for the Cowboys to pass on the former Aggie and Heisman Trophy winner. Later, while in Arkansas to honor former Razorbacks coach and athetlic director Frank Broyles, Jones admitted passing on Manziel was difficult.


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