Second, Doug never once lashed out. He had plenty of opportunities to do so. He was at a charity softball game prior to his new contract and he was peppered with questions, even outright asked if he was “angry about his situation” with the Cowboys “expecting him to take a pay cut” which no one really knew the full details of at the time. The guy didn’t flash anger; he didn’t bad mouth the organization as many other folks would have. He said that his agent was working through it. Wow! Are you kidding me?! If I was Doug, you would not have caught me dead at an official Dallas Cowboy function off the field in the first place, second I get a softball sized question asking me if I am pissed about a possible $7 mill pay cut and I don’t take a Babe Ruth sized swing at that bad boy?!
Through both his actions and words, Doug Free has exhibited an incredible amount of humility before, during, and after his contract negotiations. He took the news of a pay cut like a true professional, acknowledged his shortcomings publicly, never bad mouthed the organization nor teammates while accepting responsibility for his own play, and finally he took a gargantuan pay cut which could carry with it a firing if he does not show better results over the next year.
Whatever you may think about Doug’s on the field play, you cannot in my opinion say the guy does not consider the good of the Dallas Cowboys. And you certainly can’t say he isn’t anything but humble to his core. You have a renewed fan in me, Mr. Free, and I wish professional sports and the Dallas Cowboys had more players like you.
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