Cowboys’ rookie Bryant ready to get back to work

Dallas rookie receiver Dez Bryant has 14 catches for 158 yards in his first three NFL games. (Tiffany Shine)

After spending a reported $54,896 on dinner for his Dallas Cowboys teammates, how did rookie wide receiver Dez Bryant spend his first NFL bye week?

Well, let’s call it a bye weekend, because that’s all the Cowboys really had off. With the newest addition to his family — Dez Bryant Jr., born on June 25 of this year — Bryant said that just being able to spend time with little Dez was all he wanted to do. That and staying healthy.

Baby Dez isn’t mobile just yet, so Bryant said father and son “spent a lot of time watching the NFL Network.” Bryant said he didn’t want to do much aside from relaxing and preparing for the Titans, this Sunday’s opponent.

“Right now I’m trying to learn how to be a very good pro football player,” said the rookie first-round pick from Oklahoma State. “That and my son are my main priorities in life right now.”

Bryant might have a little extra motivation this weekend. He is one of many players donning pink gear in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the NFL’s Crucial Catch campaign.

“I’m going to play as hard as I can, as always, and I am hopeful that I will make a few big plays while I am wearing pink on my shoes and gloves.” Said Bryant. He added that he was inspired watching the other NFL guys wearing pink last year and that he couldn’t wait to be a part of something that was bigger than football. “To me, it is an honor to be able to wear pink and be a part of something that means so much to so many people.”

Breast cancer touched Bryant personally this year when his good friend and advisor, David Wells, lost his sister, Michelle Wells Milton, to breast cancer. In addition to the cleats and gloves, Bryant hinted he might have something special in store to honor his friend’s sister.

Tiffany Shine

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