By: Joe D.
The Dallas Cowboys have had their more than their fair share of questionable character players. Some of the Cowboys’s most celebrated players were one slow 40 time away from being career criminals. There will be people on both sides of the fence on every issue, but are the fans willing to look passed the transgressions. Steelers fans will eventually accept and delude themselves about Roethlisberger’s transgressions; Cowboys fans were willing to give second chances (Adam Jones, Micheal Irvin, Hollywood Henderson, Tank Johnson, Terrell Owens, Nate Newton, etc.); golf fans embraced Tiger Woods at the Masters.
Several players in the 2010 NFL Draft have red flags from past criminal behavior or questionable decision making. The following players and their transgressions are listed in no specific order.
- Dez Bryant: Lied to NCAA about meeting with Deion Sanders and was suspended for much of his junior season. He did not run during combine and had a mediocre pro-day. He then responded to his critics in what was more of a tantrum than a rebuttal.
- Tony Washington: Had consensual “relations” with his biological sister when he was sixteen and she was 15. He consequently is a registered sex offender.
- LeGarrette Blount: Punched opposing player after a close loss and also punched teammate. Other red flag is a slow 40 time.
- Carlos Dunlap: DUI arrest. Physical marvel, but seemingly plays with no heart on the field.
- Brandon Spikes: Eye gouged Georgia running back Washaun Ealey during the game.
- Mike Williams: Academic issues combined with a team suspension and him electing to quit the team rather than be subjected to a 2nd team suspension.
- Terrance Cody: Gained 20 lbs. between the Senior Bowl and the combine.
If the above players become productive players (not necessarily pro-bowlers) and continue to avoid law enforcement, then fans will care less about their past. The question is, “Right now, are we OK with the red flags by each of the players?”
I’m genuinely creeped out by Washington’s issue; however, he has otherwise been a model citizen since. Ridicule will undoubtedly follow him as opposing fans around the NFL are unmerciful. I am not OK with either Dunlap’s or Williams’s lack of effort. They are off of my draft board and if they do become Cowboys, I will root for them though I will not be hopeful.
As for ya’ll, are the above offenses enough to make you burn your Cowboys fan club membership?
****Sam Hurd signed his tender to play for the Dallas Cowboys for a fifth season. He will be paid $1.8 million. It is refreshing to see the coaching staff preserve the team’s chemistry by keeping players who contribute on special teams. The Cowboys had a great opportunity to build the special teams around a solid field goal kicker, but decided to let the best kickers go to other teams. So, special team tacklers such as Hurd become even more important. –The Landry Hat