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Last weekend, Washington football aficionados revved up for the Super Bowl in sports bars across the city, musing on point spreads over cheap pitchers of beer. But those in the know descended the steps of an elegant Dupont Circle town house into MacDees’ Cleaners to huddle with former Dallas Cowboys team tailor Johnnie Hebron. A Montgomery County native, Hebron has been with the venerable N Street establishment for a year, but he spent three seasons as the Cowboy’s needle-and-thread man. The team’s equipment manager plucked Hebron from a dry cleaner in Valley Ranch, Texas, near the Cowboys’ headquarters, after he altered a jersey for 370-pound offensive lineman Nate Newton in 1989. “Nate Newton came on and they didn’t have a jersey to fit him,” explains Hebron. “I added six inches to each side of one and they gave me the contract.” Now, Hebron dispenses football insights to Washingtonians from behind his Singer sewing machine. Intimately familiar with Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith’s blood-stained uniforms, Hebron wasn’t surprised by the Cowboys’ 27-17 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. He credits former Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson, now with the Miami Dolphins, for building the championship team in the late ’80s. “It don’t really matter who coaches. Those boys were already great,” says Hebron. CP