There is no questioning the toughness of Dez Bryant on the football field.
Bryant has played through his share of injuries during his career. From a foot injury back in 2015 that he came back from early, to knee and foot injuries during the 2017 season, Dez has played through a lot of pain in his career. It’s likely those injuries that have played a part in his struggles over the last couple years.
Dez gives some advice to the young players in this league, as well as draft prospects looking to make a career in the NFL!
Bryant says this league is a grind and you put your body through a lot during the season (via 247 Sports).
“I’ve been grinding,” Bryant said, via Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News. “I’ve been on that field hurt. I got scars. I got bruises on me just because how much I love the game and how much I want to see the Dallas Cowboys win.
“I want these people to understand that. From Mondays to Sundays it’s a real grind. On Mondays, there’s times where you feel like you can’t even play on Sundays. That’s real. You got to get your mind right. You got to get that body right to go out here and do that.
“I feel like a lot of these fans forget that. It’s real out here. Ain’t nothing phony out here. …I’d tell [younger players] to get their body right. I would tell them that that’s a mistake that I made. I’d tell them to get their body right.”
There is something Dez would tell the players coming into this league, as well as the young kids in this league. He says that you must stay healthy, but don’t compromise your body by coming back early from injury. This is something he has done many times.
“Keep it healthy, that should be the No. 1 goal. Sometimes you got to make those sacrifices. It’s hard. You want to be out there on that field. You want to make plays. You want to be out there with your teammates.
“But you can’t compromise your body. That’s what I’d tell them.”
This upcoming season will be a crucial one for Dez!
If he is still in Dallas, something that he believes will happen, he wants to silence all his doubters. Many are saying he should be cut or take a pay cut, because he has lost his status as a #1 option.
Dez Bryant forced the fifth-most missed tackles after the catch in 2017 pic.twitter.com/mQWMHHqbfI
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) February 22, 2018
Dez Bryant: “I want people to know that me and Dak, we are 100% fine. Everything is not gonna be perfect. Life is not perfect. … Our respect for one another is amazing. Me and this guy are real friends. I care about this dude and I know he cares about me.”
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) February 24, 2018
I don’t think Dez is the same receiver he once was in this league, but by no means has he lost it on the field. He is still a top option in this league, but maybe not the elite status that he once was. The Cowboys don’t have a player that brings what he does on the football field. Therefore, he is important to this team for the success they are looking to have in 2018.
Would you play injured, or take the advice that Bryant is giving young players?