July 18, 2024
Meet Go well with Man, a passionate Cowboys tremendous fan with wardrobe to show it

Kenny Gant is performing his shark dance.

The previous Dallas Cowboys defensive again, nicknamed The Shark, is retired today. On a cool Saturday afternoon earlier than a December Cowboys dwelling sport, he’s making a private look. In entrance of almost 100 folks, he places his left hand over his head like a shark fin and shakes his physique in a rhythmic movement as music from the film Jaws performs over the sound system.

There’s about to be a shark dance contest from followers in attendance when a roar from the again of the outside stage at Toyota Music Manufacturing facility in Las Colinas interrupts. A blue Slingshot car with six tv screens parks behind the pavilion.

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James Wright climbs out, smiling. He’s sporting a white swimsuit, a white vest, a blue shirt and a white bowtie.

Wright slowly strikes via the group as folks cease him for photos and autographs. He smiles as two folks seize their telephones. One other fan hugs him as in the event that they’re associated. He is aware of everyone.

That is the norm for Wright, 58. Some tremendous followers of storied franchises such because the Cowboys can obtain as a lot consideration because the gamers.

Wright’s nickname is the Go well with Man due to his 12 {custom} fits peppered with Cowboys logos and his means to attach with folks. As a season ticket holder, Wright can be at AT&T Stadium on Sunday afternoon when the Cowboys face the Inexperienced Bay Packers in an NFC wild card playoff sport.

“He’s a cool man,” Gant mentioned. “He’s constructed a model, spent some huge cash to be in style. He’s acquired the Slingshot, trailer for it to go in, an excellent pal of mine. Lots of people know him.”

Dallas Cowboys super fan James Wright, aka Suit Man, poses for a photo wearing his all white...
Dallas Cowboys tremendous fan James Wright, aka Go well with Man, poses for a photograph sporting his all white swimsuit forward of Sunday’s white out Cowboys sport in his dwelling’s Cowboys room in DeSoto on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024. (Juan Figueroa / Employees Photographer)

Cowboys’ No. 1 fan

There have been different memorable tremendous followers in Cowboys historical past.

There was Loopy Ray within the Seventies. For the previous 20 years, Ms. Value (Carolyn Value) may be heard yelling for Cowboys proprietor Jerry Jones to cease by her spot at Cowboys coaching camp in Oxnard, Calif., for an image. At almost each dwelling sport, Ms. Value stands out a hand to slap 5 with Cowboys gamers as they head to the locker room.

We’ve additionally seen Wreckin’ Ball (Gregg Wilson), the person with half a wrecking ball on high of his head. There is also Supercowboy (Miguel Castellanos), who wears a wrestling masks. For his Instagram profile, Castellanos has an image of himself shaking fingers with Jones.

Now, we now have Go well with Man.

“Each fan irrespective of how massive, how small, how a lot cash you will have, how a lot cash you don’t have, I have a look at all of the followers as the identical as a result of after I didn’t have some huge cash I couldn’t present my fandom the best way I present it now,” Wright mentioned. “I used to be nonetheless the identical fan. I simply didn’t have some huge cash, however I used to be nonetheless the identical individual.”

What signifies Wright because the No. 1 Cowboys fan of the second, outdoors of his signature fits? The 11½-foot statue at his home in DeSoto.

Wright was awarded the statue in 2022 when he was voted the Cowboys’ No. 1 fan in a contest sponsored by a liquor firm. It’s one thing he’ll always remember.

When requested, Wright sends folks an image of the statue with him standing in entrance of it smiling brightly sporting a blue swimsuit, blue vest, blue-and-white bowtie and a Cowboys’ hat with AT&T Stadium within the background.

It’s in his entrance yard now however he is considering shifting it once more as a result of some neighbors may be slightly irked. Think about what the owners affiliation will say?

A statue of Dallas Cowboys super fan James Wright, aka Suit Man, at his home in DeSoto on...
A statue of Dallas Cowboys tremendous fan James Wright, aka Go well with Man, at his dwelling in DeSoto on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024. (Juan Figueroa / Employees Photographer)

Fan since center college

Wright has come an extended technique to obtain his fan standing.

“I met him in Dallas and he simply had slightly jersey on simply as quiet as he wished to be,” mentioned Cynthia Bowen, an excellent pal who promotes Cowboys occasions throughout the nation from her dwelling in Memphis. “Once I say completely completely different from what he’s now, it’s completely completely different. It’s like a blossoming flower. That’s precisely what he’s. The trip that he’s been on, it’s only a pleasure. His angle has by no means modified; he’s all the time the identical.”

Wright turned a Cowboys fan whereas in center college in Charleston, S.C. In the course of the Seventies, the Cowboys and the Atlanta Falcons had been the southern NFL groups. Considered one of Wright’s mates was a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, however Wright wished nothing to do with that. He fell for the Cowboys’ uniform in 1976, which featured the bicentennial silver helmet with pink, white and blue stripes down the center.

Wright by no means stopped rooting for the Cowboys, even whereas serving 4 excursions of responsibility within the Military.

After retiring as a primary sergeant in 2012, he began work at Spruce Excessive College in Dallas with the ROTC program, a spot he stays at this time. He jokes with mates that he’ll retire however no person believes him.

What they do imagine in is his love for the Cowboys. Go well with Man, nonetheless, was created accidentally.

Bowen hosted an occasion in Las Vegas referred to as “Cowboys Followers Takeover Las Vegas” in June 2014. Wright heard a few trend present and was decided to win.

He wanted a hook. Wright remembered going to a soccer sport along with his brother, Errol Williams, who advised him he was sporting a swimsuit to the sport.

“Hey you do notice you’re sporting a swimsuit and also you’re going to a soccer sport?” Wright requested his brother. “He wore a three-piece swimsuit and he was like, ‘I costume up in all places I am going.’ I mentioned you do notice we’re going to a soccer sport? It’s kinda loopy.”

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Once they arrived on the sport, some followers wished to take photos with Williams, and Wright realized there have to be one thing to it.

When it got here time for the competition, there was competitors. Ebonie Butler from San Diego made the journey to Las Vegas, additionally decided to win.

Butler wore white short-shorts, a blue Cowboys scarf with silver and heels.

Wright confirmed out. He began by dancing whereas sporting a white swimsuit with the Cowboys’ emblem on it, white loafers and a white hat with a small brim. Then Wright took off the swimsuit to disclose a Cowboys shorts set that had the group going wild.

“Now this man has principally accomplished a PG-13 strip present and has not one however two custom-made fits on,” Butler mentioned. “Evidently, he gained first place. I gained second, and that’s the debut of the Go well with Man.”

In 2015, Butler acquired revenge by beating Wright within the rematch.

“The one individual to have beat the Go well with Man in a best-dressed competitors,” she mentioned. “I maintain that title proudly.”

Dallas Cowboys super fan James Wright, aka Suit Man,  poses for a portrait on, Saturday,...
Dallas Cowboys tremendous fan James Wright, aka Go well with Man, poses for a portrait on, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023, at Toyota Music manufacturing unit, in Irving.(Shafkat Anowar / Employees Photographer)

Going for the title

Wright continued with the Go well with Man persona together with the help of his spouse, Rosita, their 4 youngsters and three stepchildren. Rosita attended occasions with Go well with Man till she turned in poor health with breast most cancers. She beat the most cancers however handed away in 2021 from COVID.

The lack of his spouse devastated Wright, who wanted one thing to hold onto. Buddies say Wright is non-public when not dancing and making folks smile as Go well with Man. He opened as much as Carolin Williams.

They served on the usher board collectively at New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church in DeSoto. The 2 met when Williams was going via a divorce and she or he leaned on Wright.

“James was like a fantastic listener and he might take heed to me so much and helped me at a foul time and he didn’t even know he was serving to me,” she mentioned. “So he was only a good listener. I might all the time depend upon him to pay attention. I feel we didn’t get nearer till his spouse handed and I don’t suppose he remembers saying this after I went to the funeral. He was, ‘OK I’m going to wish you now.’ And I mentioned I’m going to be there for you.”

The 2 turned greatest mates and generally they simply sit and speak about Rosita or perhaps watch tv.

Williams turned a gradual presence in Wright’s life, serving to him schedule his private appearances.

In 2022, Wright determined to go for it. He wished to change into the Dallas Cowboys’ No. 1 fan. In an occasion sponsored by Captain Morgan, Wright beat out a whole lot of followers to win the award. Former Cowboys security Darren Woodson, a Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame finalist, got here to Wright’s home in DeSoto to ship the information.

“Let me in the home, man,” Woodson mentioned, laughing when Wright opened the door.

Wright’s ardour for the Cowboys won’t ever wane, he says. At his dwelling, he has a Cowboys room crammed with photos, jerseys and all kinds of memorabilia. A Cowboys crock pot and an image of the Cowboys and Packers logos drawn by his son are his favorites.

The Slingshot is decked out in Cowboys colours and devoted to his spouse.

“I can’t picture how lonely it was in his home,” Butler mentioned. “In his dwelling, now his spouse’s presence continues to be there. However when he’s out within the public, in our [Cowboys] group, it looks like unconditional love. Individuals have run down the road to faucet him on the shoulder to allow them to take an image of him.”

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Mentioned shut pal Byron Haynes, who met Wright via Ms. Value. “He’s acquired a cool vibe about him. He can dance, I’m undecided if you happen to see him on the dance ground. He goes from soft-spoken dude to getting it on the dance ground.”

Wright’s schedule is busy. He works at Spruce, attends Cowboys video games — even some highway contests — makes appearances and does charity work, all whereas sustaining a smile.

If the Cowboys attain the Tremendous Bowl in Las Vegas subsequent month, he’s getting a brand new swimsuit prepared.

“I attempt to make all the things enjoyable,” Wright mentioned. “A celebration don’t begin till I stroll in, and on high of that everyone needs to be a star.”

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