Dez Bryant says he's ready to move past Deion Sanders

Dez Bryant says that his inner circle is tight and he has not surrounded himself with the kind of people that can quickly drag a young athlete down.

The Dallas Cowboys wide receiver said he wants to move past Deion Sanders, who said that Bryant needs to surround himself with some people who will say “no” to him from time to time. Bryant responded on KESN-FM in Dallas, and it doesn’t sound like the pair will be back together any time real soon. Sanders previously was a mentor to the former first-round draft pick.

I congratulate Deion on the success he had in his career and I'm very excited about him getting inducted into the Hall of Fame," Bryant said, according to the Dallas Morning News. "But my focus is on the Cowboys. Whatever is said about that situation, it can be said. I'm done with it. I'm just ready to move on.

"I know the main guys that I do have around me. I'm not going to say any names, but I put them to work. Just know they're not going to live off of Dez Bryant. I've told them to their face, 'If you're not on what I'm on, and that's doing everything right, you got to move around. ... We all have to stay focused. And there's only three of us really. Three of us and another one of my good friends. We are all friends. There's only three that are actively working."

"All I know is everybody's entitled to their own opinion. In my eyes, I felt like the Cowboys have nothing to worry about. I'm doing what I'm supposed to do. I feel like I'm maturing as a man. I'm getting everything done like I'm supposed to do. I'm ready to go out and play football and do my best."

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