In two separate conversations last week at the NFL owners meetings, it was discovered the two biggest faces with the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett, praised the work of wide receiver Dez Bryant. Not just his on-the-field work, but with what he's done off-the-field. "He's just a really, really good young man," Garrett said. "He's made great strides over the last three years. We feel good about the progress he's made not only as a player but as a person. We all know from the background from where he came, he's really grown a lot. I think the consistency that he's shown in his personal life spills over and the consistency he's shown as a player and his production he's shown on Sundays. I feel great about his progress and try to stay in touch with him with all our players." On Saturday, Bryant made a surprise appearance at a rally against domestic violence in Dallas. The event was attended by Brandon Carr, Roger Staubach and Emmitt Smith. Bryant was arrested for allegedly hitting his mother, Angela, last summer. The Dallas County District Attorney's office moved the Class A misdemeanor family violence charge to conditional dismissal in November. The charges will be dropped if Bryant attends counseling and is not charged with a crime for a year. "I made a mistake," Bryant told a large crowd that attended the rally spearheaded by Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings. "I just want everybody to know, it's not good to hit women and I challenge every man out here to X all domestic violence of your life." On Sunday afternoon, Bryant wrote this on Twitter: "The way I think and the way I've been going about my business lately.. I have no choice but to be successful #thatsallGOD" It seems we're getting a mature Dez Bryant, the Dez Bryant the Cowboys hoped he would become when they moved up in the draft and selected him late in the first round.
A maturing Dez Bryant
ESPN | Mar 25