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Cowboys fan Denzel Washington drops by practice

Sep 8, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Movie actor Denzel Washington talks on the set of Monday Night Football prior to the game between the Detroit Lions and New York Giants at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 8, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Movie actor Denzel Washington talks on the set of Monday Night Football prior to the game between the Detroit Lions and New York Giants at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The Cowboys are certainly no strangers to celebrities and high-profile people, but it's not every day they get a visit from an Academy Award winner.

That was precisely the scene Saturday, as acclaimed actor Denzel Washington and his son John David Washington dropped by for the Cowboys' afternoon practice. Denzel has won Academy Awards for his performances in both Glory and Training Day, while John David is currently starring in the HBO show Ballers.

As it turns out, the elder Washington is a long-time fan of the team.

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"First of all, I've been a Cowboy fan my whole life," Washington said. "I'm talking about Duane Thomas. I'm talking about Walt Garrison, Calvin Hill, Tony Dorsett. So I've been a fan for a long time. Just to be out here is just fun for me."

Washington and his son visited with Tony Romo and Jason Witten in the team's weight room before practice, and Cowboys coach Jason Garrett invited him out to the field to address the team before the afternoon session.

"I'm just happy I get to meet Tony Romo and them guys," he said. "This is a dream for me. I got to live out my dream through my son. Days like today are just fun days for me."

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