University of Central Arkansas quarterback Nathan Dick will trade a Bear for a star on his helmet and get a chance to play pro football a short drive from his hometown of Allen, Texas.

Dick, one of the most prolific quarterbacks in UCA history who led the Bears to the second round of the NCAA Division I FCS playoffs last season, has signed a free-agent contract with the Dallas Cowboys.

The Bears have now had a player on an NFL or Canadian Football League team every year since 2006.

Dick will be joined on the Dallas roster by one of his final foes. The Cowboys drafted University of Montana linebacker Caleb McSurdy, one of the stars in the Grizzlies' victory over the Bears in the second round of the playoffs.