FRISCO - The Dallas Cowboys dealt with tragedy in the middle of last season when their strength-and-conditioning coordinator, Markus Paul, passed away. Now with the Cowboys promoting his assistant to the top job, Harold Nash Jr. surely hopes to continue a legacy.
Nash, 50, is a New Orleans native who filled the position after the 54-year-old Paul passed away unexpectedly before the before the Thanksgiving Day game.
Nash has spent the last 16 years in the NFL as a strength-and-conditioning coach. He was the head strength coach in New England from 2011-15 and held the same role in Detroit from 2016-18.
Nash has a brief NFL tryout as a defensive back before playing nine seasons in the CFL.
Nash and his staff face the customary challenges of any offseason, of course. For instance, there is their combined efforts with the medical and training staff to assist rehabbing players like quarterback Dak Prescott, offensive linemen Tyron Smith and La'el Collins and tight end Blake Jarwin, players who underwent surgeries and missed most of last season. There are also the recent "minor'' surgeries of Amari Cooper and Jaylon Smith to work through.
Additionally, there are the challenges of COVID.
But maybe most of all, given the mentorship offered by Paul, there is the challenge of living up to his standards, a goal Nash surely finds worthy ... and a goal the Cowboys obviously find Nash worthy of as well.
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