DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Cooper Rush may not have an opportunity to experience anything like what happened tonight ever again in his NFL career, and his family was on hand to cherish every minute of it.
Rush had an up-and-down night in his first career NFL start, but the score at the end of the game is all that matters, as he led the Cowboys to an improbable 20-16 win over the Vikings.
There weren't many predicting a Cowboys victory after Dak Prescott was ruled out with a calf injury about 90 minutes before kickoff. Earlier in the week, when it appeared that the star quarterback wouldn't play, Las Vegas sportsbooks shifted the point spread a few points, which flipped the Cowboys from a 2 1/2 point favorite to a 2 1/2 point underdog heading into the game.
And they had a good reason for it, as it's not often that a guy making his first career NFL start throws for 325 yards and two touchdowns in a primetime matchup on the road.
But that's exactly what Rush did tonight, capping it off with a beautiful throw to receiver Amari Cooper, who went up and came down with the game-winning touchdown grab in the back of the end zone to give the Cowboys the lead in the final minute.
The Sunday Night Football broadcast on NBC had been checking in on Rush's family throughout the game, as networks often do when a player is getting their first opportunity to be in the spotlight.
The nights don't always end in joy for those families watching their loved ones get their first big moment, but it sure did for Rush's family, in particular his father.