In Louisiana, we take football pretty serious and at times we take it too seriously. Well, this past Sunday I learned that football can at times be more than just a sport.

My mom is a HUGE Dallas Cowboys fan and she has never been to an NFL game and has never been to a Cowboys game---Until Sunday.

A few months ago my sisters and I planned a trip for my mom and dad to visit AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Tx.

Not only was it my mom's first Cowboys game, but it was also my dad's, my sister's, and my son's first Cowboys game. My wife and I have been to several games in AT&T Stadium, but I have never been there with my entire family.

To see the look on my son's face and my mom's face when they walked into the stadium was PRICELESS! It was worth every penny we spent to get there.

The stadium in Arlington is massive and breathtaking, but when you walk on the field, and we did, it really puts things into perspective. You're where the Dallas Cowboys play.

Look, the NFL and football, in general, have been under the microscope in recent weeks, but what no one seems to be talking about is that the sport allows for families to enjoy time with each other.

Sure, we have seen the #footballisfamily on social media, but until you experience it for yourself, you may not really grasp the magnitude of the hashtag.

And I realized that when I saw my mom choke up as the Dallas Cowboys entered the playing field on Sunday. I could see the tears in her eyes---She had made it to the home of the Dallas Cowboys, a dream that she thought that would never come true.

Unfortunately, the Cowboys didn't win Sunday, but for the VERY FIRST TIME after a loss, I wasn't mad. You see, there was more than just a game on Sunday. My entire family got to be part of something they had never been a part of.

As one friend told me on social media after the game Sunday, that experience outweighs the final score on a scoreboard. And I agree!

I can't wait to do it again.

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