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Dez Bryant credits Cowboys family for support after dad’s death

Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant (88) earned a game ball after his team’s victory over the Steelers.
Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant (88) earned a game ball after his team’s victory over the Steelers. AP

Dez Bryant said Wednesday he didn’t want to talk about his father. Still mourning McArthur Hatton’s death, the Cowboys receiver instead praised his teammates for helping him through his grief.

“I felt a lot of support,” Bryant said. “They kept me happy. They refused to let me get myself down. I felt like I was peaceful for the most part. It’s normal. It’s my dad. Somebody that I extremely loved who’s no longer here. With these guys, having a great support cast that I have around me is just amazing.”

Hatton, 69, died of an illness Saturday. Bryant played Sunday, finishing with six catches for 116 yards and a touchdown. It was the most yards he has had since Nov. 9, 2014, when he caught six passes for 158 yards in a victory over Jacksonville in London.

“It was difficult,” Bryant said. “If we didn’t have this type of vibe in the locker room, I don’t think I could’ve played in that game, to be honest. These guys are amazing.”

Bryant, who did not talk after the game Sunday, received a game ball in an emotional locker room afterward.

“Yeah, the game ball was special,” Bryant said. “Of course, just goes to show you it’s not only a football team, it’s a family. It’s just something that we’ve been building here for a long time. It’s just exciting to see whenever you’ve got a guy, talking about myself, going through the situation I was going through, and those guys having my back and just keeping me lifted. It just made me excited.”

Hatton’s funeral is Saturday in Lufkin.

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