MartyB Can't Even Get a Second Grader to Throw Him the Ball, But Mayor Tom Will!

Eight-year-old Kendall Tubbs, a second grader who's had type 1 diabetes since she was 3 years old, managed to upstage appearances by Dallas Cowboys tight end Martellus "MartyB" Bennett and former Heisman Trophy winner and Woodrow Wilson High School grad Tim Brown at this morning's second annual Passport to Health Diabetes Awareness campaign.

"Sometimes diabetes means making tough choices," a poised Tubbs told the crowd gathered at the press conference held in City Hall's Flag Room. "Sometimes at lunchtime when others are having a snack, I can't have one because my blood sugar is too high. Other times, at recess I can't play with my friends because my blood sugar is too low."

Mayor Tom Leppert, who was joined by wife Laura and council colleagues Sheffie Kadane, Carolyn Davis and Tennell Atkins, handed Tubbs a football, said she "gets to play QB" and sent both Brown and Bennett out on routes, instructing her to throw to the open receiver.

"I hope she's not Tony Romo, 'cause I won't get the ball," Bennett said, with those on hand erupting in laughter.

Tubbs completed her pass to Brown, prompting Leppert to say, "Now this is my chance at playing for the Cowboys," tossing a tight spiral to Bennett.

More photos -- and an exclusive Q & A with MartyB -- after the jump.

You made the comment about Romo. Do you see him as being the issue with you not getting the ball in the offense?

Oh, nah. I was just joking. Oh, nah. He's doing a great job. I just thought it was a perfect time for a joke because everybody's always asking me why I'm not getting the ball, so, but I doubt it is Romo. Sometimes it's just the way the ball falls. It depends where you are on the read -- everybody else did a good job of getting open.

What do you see as the issue with you not getting the ball enough? Is it Jason Garrett? The combination of Garrett and Romo? Because the talk of camp was the use of the two-tight-end set.

We've been running a lot of the two tight end the whole season, but my time is coming. I don't know which game is gonna be my game -- last game was Miles Austin. Tashard Choice, Felix Jones and Marion Barber -- we've been running the ball very well, so I'm going to have a big game pretty soon.

What are your overall impressions of the team? Certainly it was a big win to be able to pull it out in the end, but Kansas City is a winless team.

They're winless, but they've been playing everybody well this whole year. You watch the Baltimore game; it went down to the wire. It's a team that's not terrible. Their record is terrible, but the players aren't terrible. They've got a bunch of good guys who did a good job on defense and played hard. We had our tough times -- we shot ourselves in the foot a couple of times -- but a win's a win.

Is there a certain frustration for you and the offense that there seems to be a lot of penalties that bring you guys back, most notably Flozell Adams seems to repeatedly get called for false starts?

We don't get frustrated with a guy like Flozell because he does a great job the whole game. When he's out there, he's playing hard. Mistakes happen, so they really don't bother me at all. I don't get frustrated because I know every single play they're giving their all.

What kind of focus do you think you'll have heading into the game against the Falcons?

This week is going to be about us, working on what we do best as a team, as players. Just getting back to the basics, whether it's running routes or throwing, catching, technique -- stuff like that.

You said your time is going to come. Do you think it's merely a matter of time or change in offensive philosophy?

It's just a matter of time. As long as we're winning games, I really don't care how we're winning -- who gets the ball, who touches it, who catches it or anything like that. It's just about winning the game.

There's a lot of speculation that, even with a win on Sunday, Wade Phillips isn't doing a good enough job of coaching the team. What's your view on how Wade's doing?

Wade's a great coach. He's a guy I look up to the way he coaches us. I love the job he's doing with us. It's on us to win games. The coach can only do so much. Everything else is on the players. We just gotta go out there and win more games.

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