“I feel like I rushed into my decision to quit the first time,” Staley said. “I prayed a lot, talked to my uncle and my mother a lot, and they felt confident I could do it, and I felt confident in myself again.”
After asking coach Mike Gundy if he could return to the team, Staley has returned with renewed confidence this spring.
“I feel way more confident than I did at the beginning,” Staley said. “When I first started coming back, I was so worried about my knee and I was running kind of hesitant.
“Now it's like there was no knee injury, I'm free to do what I've been able to do.”
And his renewed confidence in his health and ability has been noticed.
“I'm really encouraged by what he's done,” Gundy said. “I hope he can continue to stay healthy.”
Staley has been so impressive this spring that he could be carving himself a role as the third running back in the Cowboys offense this fall.
“His attitude has been tremendous, and he's been productive through six practices,” Gundy said. “We all have a strong belief in him, but I don't know that anyone really thought he could do it... but so far he is.”