Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) breaks the tackle of New Orleans Saints safety Isa Abdul-Quddus (42) and runs for a touchdown at Cowboys Stadium. The Saints beat the Cowboys 34-31 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Vida La Vida Cowboy's Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant can rule the world.

It takes one catch after another. All the great receivers started there. A little confidence never hurt either. And that belief must continue to grow — now and strong.

I have no problem with Dez Bryant’s credence in himself and in this team. So he thinks he can be the first wide receiver to accumulate 2,000 yards? He thinks he can catch 20 touchdowns in one season? And what does everyone who heard this have to say?

Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant (88) celebrates a touchdown with fullback Lawrence Vickers (47) against the New Orleans Saints in the second quarter at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Shut up Dez Bryant.

I’m not one of them. Michael doesn’t want that Kool-Aid.

This fragile franchise needs a little confidence these days. The Cowboy spirit died last December (again), and somebody needs to step up and resurrect it. This “somebody” should not be a person named Tony, or DeMarcus, or Jason.

In comes Dez Bryant. Perfect timing.

After watching Bryant play a full season, one could only describe the wide receiver as some freakish, hybrid, beast of a player. “Dude can ball,” they all say. Oh, well, you think?

In the final eight games, Bryant caught 50 passes for 879 yards, along with 10 touchdowns. Let me remind you he had a broken index finger in those final three games (Bryant opted not to have surgery). Yeah, dude can ball. And yet the world clamors for him to shut up.

Dez Bryant isn’t stupid. A light bulb turned on at some point last season. As his maturation projected north, so did his stats; so did his intelligence for the game; so did his role as a leader.

Not hard to get here: If I, Dez Bryant, continue to listen to my coaches and teammates, I will become a better player.

Dez Bryant gets it.

He is understanding the Cowboy way. Bryant recently spoke at a domestic violence rally in Dallas. Hall of Famers, and former Cowboy greats Roger Staubach and Emmitt Smith also spoke. In discomfort, Bryant said, “I made a mistake. I just want everybody to know, it’s not good to hit women.”

This doesn’t mean by any stretch that Dez Bryant has fully turned the corner. That takes time; it takes one to do more things like speaking at rallies and getting involved with the community. As he continues to reverse his ways off the field, he must remember to not reverse or handicap himself on the field.

Let the man speak. You say, dude can ball? Let the man play and show you. His stats have the potential to grow larger than Texas. He has the talent. He has the moxie. All that did something special in this league did it with one underlying thing: confidence.

Live the life Dez Bryant! Light it up on the field; it’s your turn to say shut up.

 

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