For all of the scrutiny that Dez Bryant endures, he continues to disprove the myth that he’s simply a street thug with a high football acumen. Born on November 4, 1988 in Galveston County, Texas, Dez Bryant overcame a very challenging childhood to become one of the more formidable wide receivers at Oklahoma State University and dominated the NCAA’s Big 12 Conference.
After earning All American honors at OSU, Bryant was drafted in 2010 as the 24th overall pick for the Dallas Cowboys. A lot was said at that time about his abilities being overshadowed by his lack of character and off the field antics. I’m not here to excuse any negative actions he may have taken part in. But, if any of you were without flaws and childish errors in your early twenties feel free to grab a few of those stones and start casting. There’s a free pile in the corner there.
When Bryant first entered the NFL he did so with a chip on his shoulder, or rather a full bag of Ruffles. He heard all the talk of his alleged characterless behavior. He read the reports of how he’d be out of the league before his talents had a chance to establish him as one of the best wide receivers in football. He took it all in and he let that fuel his drive to excel.
Has Bryant been perfect since becoming a Dallas Cowboy? Nope. Not at all. However, what we have seen is a young man determined to take over football and prove his doubters wrong. A young man that’s running as fast as he can from his demons to become a better person. There have been hiccups, but, some say that hiccups are a sign of growth. The Dez Bryant we see today is not the one the Cowboys drafted in 2010. We are watching the evolution of a potential Hall of Famer here.