After getting an earful from Hall of Famer Deion Sanders over the weekend, Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant countered Deion’s critical statements by saying that he’s ready to move on from any negative perceptions that exist about him.
Sanders, a former mentor to Bryant, told Atlanta’s WCNN on Tuesday that the Cowboys are more concerned than he is about the young player.
“It’s hard to talk to a person when they have millions, man, because there is so much noise in their life,” Sanders said. “Everybody around them is employed, and they have ‘yes men.’ You gotta start hiring a ‘no man.’ Somebody who is going to tell you no and somebody who is going to tell you the truth, and a lot of these guys don’t, and when it comes to him with a lot of things, I had to cut my umbilical cord with him because a lot of things people do not know about.”
But the 22-year-old receiver told 103.3 FM’s “Ben and Skin Show” that there is no reason to worry.
“All I know is everybody’s entitled to their own opinion,” Bryant said. “In my eyes, I feel like the Cowboys have nothing to worry about. I’m getting everything done like I’m supposed to do. I’m ready to go out and play football and do what I do best.”
Bryant congratulated Sanders for his upcoming induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and insisted that he’s not caught up in any differences between himself and the former NFL cornerback.
“My focus is on the Cowboys,” Bryant said. “Whatever is said about that situation that can be said, I’m done with it, I’m just ready to move on.”
I came across a cool piece on ESPN.com in which they listed who they believe will be the next wave of superstars in the NFL. At wide receiver they chose Dez Bryant. Here is what they wrote:
Fact is, Dez Bryant has got as much pure talent as any young wideout in the division. And if you read that list two paragraphs back, you know I’m not saying that lightly. If he can stay healthy, stay out of trouble and refine his skills as an NFL route-runner, Bryant can be the kind of star that makes other stars stop what they’re doing to watch him play. He’s got a fine quarterback in Tony Romo and only Miles Austin and tight end Jason Witten in front of him in line for catches in Dallas as of now. And he’s already a game-changer on special teams. So the opportunity is there, and all the pieces are in place. It’s up to Bryant to make it happen.
One of my favorite movies of all time is a ”A Bronx Tale”. There’s a great line in that movie that comes to mind whenever I read some of this crazy stuff involving Dez Bryant or any young talented players that are focused more on living large than they are respecting and playing the game.
The main character in the movie, a kid everyone calls “C” for short, walks out of a funeral where he just paid his final respects to his friend and mentor, a gangster called Sonny. Waiting outside for him is C’s father, a bus driver, played by Robert DiNiro who spent his whole life trying to steer his kid into doing the right things and making the right choices. In that one climactic moment, C finally figures it all out and puts it altogether…
“Sonny and my father always said that when I get older I would understand. Well, I finally did. I learned something from these two men. I learned to give love and get love unconditionally. You just have to accept people for what they are, and I learned the greatest gift of all. That the saddest thing in life is wasted talent, and the choices that you make will shape your life forever. “