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Bryant to visit Star Center

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Cowboys receiver will appear during New Mexico Stars’ game

Dez Bryant, the Dallas Cowboys’ newest pass-catching sensation, will be a guest of the New Mexico Stars on Monday night at the Santa Ana Star Center when they conclude their Lone Star Football League season with a game against the San Angelo Bandits.

Bryant, who had 92 catches for a team-high 1,382 yards and 12 TDs in 2012, will conduct an autograph session for fans after the game, which is scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. start.

He’s also scheduled to address the crowd from the field during halftime festivities.

Bryant, a first-round draft choice of the Cowboys out of Oklahoma State in 2010, is the second wide receiver with Cowboys ties to appear at the Star Center over the past 16 months.

On March 11, 2012, ex-Cowboy Terrell Owens played for the visiting Allen Wranglers against the Stars and even scored a touchdown in a 45-28 Allen victory. In addition, he famously took a header into the first row of stands near midfield after being tackled.

Mike Killion, senior VP of booking and promotions for Albuquerque’s Orthrus Promotions, which is bringing Bryant to Rio Rancho, said it’s been a whirlwind week.

“(Three) days ago this wasn’t even on my radar,” said Killion, who used to be assistant general manager of the Star Center. “The company I now work for was somewhat involved when they brought T.O. in last year, so I kind of sat down with my new boss (J.R. Rodriguez) and suggested we try to bring in a current Cowboy.”

Killion, Rodriguez and members of the Stars’ front office actually had their choice whittled down to Bryant or Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten, but went with Bryant in large part because of his closer ties to the Southwest and because he’s a younger up-and-coming star.

A BIG HEADS UP: Because of Bryant’s contractual obligations with the NFL, Killion said Bryant is not permitted to sign Cowboys hats, pennants, footballs or jerseys or anything even remotely associated with the National Football League, whether it’s official or not.

However, fans entering the Star Center for the game will receive free from Orthrus Promotions a commemorative 8×10 photo of Bryant – while they last. Bryant will be able to sign those.

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