The post-game love fest between Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant and tight end Jason Witten is a testament to the growing love and respect between the players.
The outward sign of their inner grace was sparked by the touchdown pass Bryant threw to Witten in the 42-21 victory against the Detroit Lions. Both players threw up Bryant’s X celebration.
Both talked about much it meant to them in the postgame interview and then followed it up on Twitter.
“The best touchdown I ever experienced in my life... it's hard to meet his standards but he'll get you right @JasonWitten,” Bryant tweeted.
Witten responded in kind.
“Moment for the books--@DezBryant Respect the X,” returned Witten.
It was an example of the love and mutual admiration that both players have for each other now that might not have always been there, just because of their different styles and different backgrounds.
It didn’t always appear that way, especially in a 2013 game against the Lions when Bryant went on an emotional rant and Witten was not able to control him. More to point, he showed no respect for Witten and only calmed down when former defensive end DeMarcus Ware grabbed him by the shoulder pads and unleashed a stern talk.
Bryant has grown and matured so much since then and now respects Witten as much as anybody. Witten has always respected Bryant’s work ethic, passion and talent.
It came full circle and was on full display against the Lions Monday night when Witten celebrated his touchdown by throwing up the X before Bryant joined him with one of his own.
“He told me he was going to do it,” Bryant said. “That was one of the best feelings, because I look up to Wit. It’s just crazy. I got to complete a pass to him. That’s a Hall of Famer. I just thought it was pretty cool. That’s one of those moments that’s going to forever be with me.”