Godfrey signs with Dallas Cowboys

Former Yellow Jacket goes from Arena Football to NFL training camp
Aug. 07, 2013 @ 03:09 PM

It was only a couple of weeks ago, as the San Jose SaberCats were pushing toward an Arena Football League playoff spot, when Dennis Godfrey, himself only a few games into his AFL career, said he would be excited to continue with the SaberCats for another season, or if his AFL play might lead to another career jump.

"Right now, with my career, everything is kind of up in the air," said Godfrey. "It's great getting an opportunity with (San Jose). Maybe there could be a chance with a CFL (Canadian Football League) team. Maybe I can get an NFL shot and opportunity."

"I tell myself, all I need is one opportunity and then it's up to me to make the best of the situation," he said.

On Tuesday, Godfrey officially earned an NFL opportunity. The former Lee County High standout tight end and defensive lineman, as well as power forward for Yellow Jacket hoops, who then played offensive guard at Wake Forest, was a two-way lineman and player/coach in France earlier this year, then a lineman-turned-fullback for San Jose, signed with the Dallas Cowboys at the Cowboy training camp in Oxnard, Calif.

The Cowboys have signed Godfrey, at 6-foot-3, 335 pounds, as a guard.

“I thank God, my family, friends, and coaches … it’s a blessing to have this opportunity,” said Godfrey in a statement released by his agents. “I just want to get out there and join my new teammates and continue to compete.”

"Tell the city of Sanford and the whole community I thank," Godfrey said in July about his San Jose season and AFL all-star nomination.

The NFL chance came two days after the San Jose season ended with a loss to Arizona in the AFL playoffs. Similarily, Godfrey's season with the Saint Ouen l'Aumone Cougars ended and he left Paris on June 1. On June 3, he worked out for, then signed with, San Jose.

After time on the SaberCat bench, an injury opened up San Jose's fullback position. Godfrey got the call and took advantage. While largely an extra blocker in normal AFL offenses, Godfrey did that job and got a few handoffs, even an 11-yard touchdown run in San Jose's regular-season-ending win over Chicago. Godfrey was, and still is, a nominee for the National Conference's Arena Football All-Star team for a game in Hawaii in November and possibly a second all-star game in Beijing. Even if elected, Godfrey assuredly is hoping to be too busy now.

The Cowboys waived two players from their 90-man roster on Tuesday before signing Godfrey and defensive end Jabari Fletcher. Godfrey and Fletcher were San Jose teammates this season. Fletcher played for Arizona and Jacksonville in the 2012 NFL season. Both players were on the field for the Cowboy practice session Tuesday afternoon.

According to his agents, Godfrey signed a multi-year contract with Dallas.

Dallas and all NFL squads, have 90-man rosters at this point in the preseason. Rosters must be cut to 75 players on Aug. 27; then to 53 players on Aug. 31. Forty-six players are on each team's active roster for a regular season game.

Dallas has its second of five preseason games at Oakland at 10 p.m. Friday.