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Playing in the NFL isn’t enough of a workout for two former BSU stars

San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard fumbles as he is hit by Dallas Cowboys defenders Demarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford on Oct. 22.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard fumbles as he is hit by Dallas Cowboys defenders Demarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford on Oct. 22. Associated Press

Two former Boise State football players aren’t afraid to get their cardio workouts off the field. A Dallas Cowboys employee had to learn that the hard way.

DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford star on the defensive line for the Cowboys. Every Tuesday, the two ride their bikes to the team facility for an extra workout. According to The Dallas Morning News, it is a 35-minute ride through the hills.

The Cowboys tweeted a video Thursday morning detailing the journey from the perspective of team employee Shannon Gross, who was invited on the ride-along by Crawford.

Gross was out of breath by the end.

“I thought it was going to be like in the neighborhood, when we were just chilling,” Gross said. “Just a couple of bros hanging out talking.”

Crawford, a third-round pick in 2012 and Lawrence, a second-round pick in 2014, clearly enjoyed the ride. Shannon took out his phone to text, prompting Crawford to tell him that texting and driving is illegal. Lawrence also had his phone out, leading Crawford to ask him what he was doing.

“You can be on Instagram on a bike,” he said.

Why the extra workout? For Lawrence, who is in the midst of a career-best season that has him second in the the NFL with 10.5 sacks, it’s partially about helping keep weight off after a pair of back surgeries.

“Me and [Lawrence] were talking about what type of year he needs to have this year and I just said, ‘We should do something extra,’ and do workouts on our bike,” Crawford told The Dallas Morning News. “It’s not crazy far. The hills are what kills us. I’m probably better than him on a bike. He’s getting there.”

Lawrence said that the extra work makes him feel better overall, even if he’s not nearly as good on a bike as Crawford.

“I still can’t jump the curbs yet. It really helps flush the legs and get the bad toxins out of your legs and also makes you stronger and helps you lose weight,” Lawrence said. “We’ve been doing it, and no need to stop now, right?”

Michael Katz: 208-377-6444, @MichaelLKatz

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