Oct 28, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant (88) makes a catch in the end zone in the fourth quarter against the New York Giants at Cowboys Stadium. Bryant was ruled out of bounds on the play. The Giants beat the Cowboys 29-24. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Dez Bryant Continues To Impress

This has been an exceptional season for Dez Bryant, not only has he already defeated the 3rd year performances of previous greats Pearson and Irvin (who also wore the coveted #88), but he has continued to get stronger as the season has progressed.

Both coaches and players have raved about Dez’s focus and work ethic this year, and Tony Romo has more and more frequently began targeting Bryant in situations where the game is on the line.

Dez’s maturity and responsibility have grown throughout the season as well.  In fact, Bryant has taken such leaps and bounds this year, one can only wonder what next season holds for him….maybe.

Nov 4, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) warms up before the game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Bryant is now in the position of having to decide which is more important; salvaging this season and seeing if and how far we can go into the playoffs, or ensuring that he does not suffer further injury to his finger, up to and including permanent damage.

Dez has repeatedly voiced his desire to play, if at all medically cleared to do so.  So now we can add yet another characteristic to Dez Bryant’s ever growing repertoire…sacrifice.  Unfortunately, it is sacrifice many of us do not deserve.

So many Cowboys fans turned their back on Bryant in his first two seasons, and still many refuse to recognize this season’s accomplishments.  The same fans that elate in every victory Dez helps produce wait for each and every misstep to bad mouth him.

I don’t know what decision I would make were I Dez Bryant.  How can you determine what justifies the possibility of permanent damage so early in one’s career?  With so many starters out, so much inconsistency, and even our own Dallas media outlets counting us out, are these next few games worth that kind of sacrifice?

Dez Bryant thinks so, and whether you agree with that or not you have to respect and appreciate it.

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