The Dallas Cowboys have said they aren’t concerned about Dez Bryant, and the wide receiver himself has predicted a big season.
But there are those that still worry about the star-crossed first-round draft pick from a year ago, including his former mentor Deion Sanders.
The flamboyant cornerback, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame next month, discussed Bryant during a recent visit on WCNN’s “The Rude Awakening” show.
“Everybody is (concerned about Bryant),” Sanders said, according to sportsradiointerviews.com. “I think the Dallas Cowboys are more concerned than I am. I’m not losing any sleep by any means. It’s hard to talk to a person when they have millions man because there is so much noise in their life. Everybody around them is employed and they have ‘yes men.’ You gotta start hiring a ‘no man.’ Somebody who is going to tell you no and somebody who is going to tell you the truth and a lot of these guys don’t and when it comes to him with a lot of things I had to cut my umbilical cord with him because a lot of things people do not know about.
“I’m trying to open schools and get these kids prepared for the future and I can’t have that on my record saying that: How am I going to send my kids to your school and this is what you are turning out over here? No I am not turning that out over there. I have nothing to do with that and I had to cut that cord because you can’t keep doing the same old things that you’ve always done. You are going to get the same old things you’ve always got, so that’s why I had to separate myself. I love him. I see him from time-to-time. I pray for him, but as a unit we had to separate.”
It’s good to hear that Sanders has moved on to the point that he is rooting for Bryant again, but it sounds like he has some serious reservations that Bryant will be able to put things together completely.
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