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Former Cowboys Receiver Miles Austin Working Through the Coaching Ranks After 10-Year Playing Career

For a couple of seasons, former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin was one of the best pass-catchers in the NFL. He was also certainly one of the best undrafted receivers ever too. However, his career ended up sort of flaming out, even though he played in the league for 10 years. So, what has Austin been up to since last playing in 2015?

Miles Austin was a surprise star for the Dallas Cowboys

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Wide receiver Miles Austin of the Dallas Cowboys scores a touchdown and celebrates with the fans. | Leon Halip/Getty Images

Coming out of Monmouth University, Miles Austin signed with the Dallas Cowboys in 2006 as an undrafted free agent. Austin only had 18 total catches through his first three seasons in the league but was a dynamite kick returner. However, with Hall of Fame wide receiver Terrell Owens departing from the Cowboys after the 2008 season, Austin got a shot to earn some more playing time at wide receiver.

He took advantage of the opportunity too. Austin earned his first career start on Oct. 11, 2009, and was a monster. He caught 10 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Cowboys defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 26-20. After only catching five total passes for 81 yards through the first four games of the season, Austin had a great season with the Cowboys. He ultimately caught 81 passes for 1,320 yards and 11 touchdowns. He even ended a Pro Bowl selection that season. The Cowboys even went 11-5 that year too after going 9-7 in 2008.

Austin had another great year in 2010. He started all 16 games and ultimately caught 69 passes for 1,041 yards and seven touchdowns. He earned his second Pro Bowl selection in a row that year. 

In 2011, Austin dealt with injuries and only played in 10 games, but he played in 16 games in 2012. He caught 66 passes for 943 yards and six touchdowns that year. In 2013, though, he only played in 11 games due to injuries again and only caught 24 passes for 244 yards. 

2013 was his last season with the Dallas Cowboys 

Finishing his playing career with the Browns and Eagles 

Austin played one season with the Cleveland Browns in 2014 and sort of had a bounce-back year even though he only played in 12 games. In those 12 games with the Browns, Austin caught 47 passes for 568 yards and two touchdowns. However, in Week 13, Austin had seven catches for 86 yards against the Buffalo Bills but suffered a kidney injury. He was ultimately hospitalized after the game and the Browns then placed him on injured reserve.

2015 was the final season of Austin’s career. He was clearly not the same receiver he once was either as he only caught 13 passes in 11 games for 224 yards and a touchdown for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Austin finished his 10-year NFL career with 361 catches for 5,273 yards and 37 touchdowns. 

What is Austin doing now?

Austin was actually on the Cowboys’ coaching staff for two seasons from 2017 through 2018 as a pro and college scouting intern. He coached on the NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers’s staff last season, though, as he was the offensive quality control coach. 

Coaching, however, is not the only thing Austin has been up to. He went back to Monmouth and completed a year’s worth of credits. Austin ultimately earned his degree in history with a focus on political science in 2019, according to Asbury Park Press NJ. 

“I went back because I want to be able to tell my kids, finish what you start,” Austin said, according to Asbury Park Press NJ. “I wanted to be in the classroom, I wanted to learn from professors, and history is something I’m passionate about.”

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Austin was, reportedly, a pretty bright student too. One of his professors, Joe Patten told Asbury Park Press NJ that he, “encouraged him to consider running for Congress.” He went on to say, “He has special skills to really affect positive change in communities, and I wouldn’t be surprised if one day he does make a run for Congress.”

Could we see former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin run for political office one day? It’s possible. For right now, though, he is working his way up in the NFL coaching ranks.