Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant has avoided talking with reporters since early August, but ended that on Thursday afternoon.
Among the highlights from his roughly nine-minute media session:
On the Rolling Stone article: “I’m a real dude, man, and I’m going to let that speak for itself and some things out there I’ve been preaching not for the games, I’m a human being and you know, I just spoke real about my life.”
On reaction from Rolling Stone article: “I really don’t care about the reaction. Everything has been positive, I ain’t asking for no apologies or none of that. I’m just … you can’t judge a book by its cover, you know? There’s a reason if you see someone being certain ways, there’s probably a reason for the actions and I think that’s where my passion comes from. I direct it in something that I love, and that’s football. I think that’s what got me where I’m at today, so I let a lot of that frustration and anger and put it in a positive way as far as something I love and that’s the game of football.”
On teammates’ reaction: “A lot of the guys already knew a lot of stuff that I’ve dealt with, what I’ve been through and a lot of guys always have love for me and they always will. Real recognize real and that’s what it’s been.
On owner Jerry Jones saying Bryant is one of the faces of franchise: “You know, um, that’s cool. That’s pretty cool but I’m me. I’m the same guy. Nothing change. Keeping my head down, don’t really pay too much attention to success. There’s more. Never complacent. Never satisfied. Just want to keep grinding and try to be the best I can be for my teammates and continue to try to bring the best out of me and the best out of my teammates and see where we can go with that.”
On if his passion changes with a new contract: “Nah. I know you heard me say it before. I really don’t even want to touch bases on it, but I am. Who wouldn’t be happy? Of course I’m happy. But I’m not satisfied. I’m not saying that I’m not satisfied with what I got. I think it just makes me want to go harder, become a better player. I always feel like I never have it. I think that’s another reason why I do the things that I do because I always feel like you can always be better. I always want to be a better player. As soon as you feel like you have it ... good luck.”
On not getting game reps with QB Tony Romo this preseason: “The good thing with Tony and I is we know each other very well. We have a great relationship off the field. I think when you have that, that’s the best thing that you can ever have, I’m talking amongst players. Things become naturally easy whenever you have that kind of relationship. Me being gone, I wasn’t too frustrated, Romo wasn’t too frustrated. I jumped back in and we did what we normally do.”
On coach Jason Garrett: “Coach Garrett, he’s one of a kind. He’s helped me understand a whole bunch of things. I honestly do give him a whole lot of credit for me understanding his offense and him making sure I’m doing everything I’m supposed to. It took time, because he’s a perfection-type guy. The structure that he lays out in front of us, it makes sense. I think, if you want to be a better person, I’d advise you to listen to him, because the things that Coach Garrett teach and preach is amazing, and I love him, I love him. Just because he helped me become a better player – not by the things that we do on the field, just in life, period.”
On if it’s a Super Bowl or bust season: “No, man. Not at all, man. We going out here and doing what we love to do, and that’s play football. We believe in the work we put in, and our work will show – it’ll show. If you put enough work in, good or bad, we’ll see. But we believe in our work, and we’ll see where it’ll take us.”