Michael Irvin greets, counsels Dez Bryant

Michael Irvin showed up at Valley Ranch Saturday afternoon and No. 88 introduced himself to the new No. 88 on the block.

The Hall of Fame Dallas Cowboys wide receiver met with Dez Bryant, the first-round pick of the organization. By all accounts, they talked for five minutes with Irvin doing the talking.

So, Michael, what did you say?

"The responsibility of wearing Drew Pearson's number," Irvin said, according to the Dallas Morning News. "A lot of people have worn that Cowboys helmet before him and the honor it is to wear a Cowboys uniform. He plays for everybody that has played before him and for everybody that is going to play after him.

"I just wanted to give him a sense of the enormity of it all. And I think he understands that. And he remains humble, and that's a good sign."

Bryant was under great scrutiny entering the draft and that followed him into his first week as a member of the Cowboys with the swirling controversy over the question posed to him by Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland – was his mother a prostitute? Of course, Bryant’s relationship with a Dallas area bail bonds kingpin will also be scrutinized.

"That's his sanctuary out there," Irvin said, reference the field. "That's where it's all OK. When you get a guy where his sanctuary and his peace is on the field, you can get some things out of him."

Irvin ought to know from his sometimes chaotic playing days. If Bryant does what Irvin says, and not what Irvin did (off the field), he’ll be headed down the right path.

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