Dez Bryant was visibly upset about the game against the Detroit Lions and let his frustrations out on the sidelines. This caught the ear of the entire football nation as the NFL Network and many other outlets began breaking down the rant on the sidelines. Some people in the cyber world were even comparing Bryant’s rants to New England’s quarterback Tom Brady. It was taken as Bryant being a young black man was told to grow up but if Tom Brady does it then it is considered him being “a fierce competitor.”
The difference between Dez Bryant and Tom Brady has nothing to do with race on whether they are fierce competitors or not. They both are competitors and to fathom what former Cowboy WR Terrell Owens points out as a possible race problem is ridiculous. The difference has everything to do with the position of the player. Tom Brady, Tony Romo, Michael Vick (Philadelphia Eagles QB), Cam Newton (Carolina Panther QB), Matt Bryant (Atlanta Falcons QB), and Robert Griffin III (Washington Redskins QB) are expected to have their rants on the sidelines. They are considered the leaders of the team as their team quarterbacks and should have their occasional outbursts at the offensive line or receivers and backs. There were times in the 1990’s that Troy Aikman would be seen on the sidelines berating the offensive line. And there was nothing said about that other than, “He is being a leader.” When Michael Vick is yelling at his offense, no one is saying, “Man he needs to grow up.” No. He is the leader of the team. And there is certainly no talk of his color. That has no factor in the matter.
We saw times that Michael Irvin would go on a yelling tear, the critics never mentioned once about race or anything of that nature. Irvin was an established leader on the team that everyone respected. Bryant is an incredible athlete but does not possess the work ethic of a Michael Irvin. Many of the Cowboys from those days respected Irvin because every practice play to him was treated like a game to him. He would go full speed and race to the end zone every play. His attention to his weight room workouts were unmatched by even some of the biggest players on the team. Irvin worked himself hard to be the player that he was.
Bryant on the other hand, has been gaining the respect of the NFL. Is at the same level of Irvin? I am not really sure but one would say not just yet. He is an incredible athlete with hands that are going to make him famous for the many catches he will have but he along with Romo, they have to win a Super Bowl to reach the same level of respect as an Aikman or Irvin.