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Thank You for the Memories, Dez Bryant

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Thank You for the Memories, Dez Bryant
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When it comes to football, there are times in which you realize how cold the business actually is. For Cowboys Nation, the last couple of seasons have been enough proof of that. Just a year ago, Tony Romo retired from the NFL, leaving many fans completely heartbroken.

Romo was leaving a team he loved and a fan base that loved him since the franchise was now in hands of the talented and promising young quarterback, Dak Prescott.

Funny how things work out. Starting Dak Prescott was one of the toughest choices this front office has faced in the last few years. They made that call with the team's best interest moving forward. So that an offense that counted with Ezekiel Elliott, Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams, Jason Witten and Dez Bryant had the best situation going forward.

Now, Dez is not on the team.

You see, as fans we can argue as much as we want about whether he had it coming or not. We can argue about his production in recent years, about his attitude or about anything else. But Dez Bryant was not your average football player.

Cowboys Nation on Twitter

The NFL lifecycle: Players come & go. Occasionally, one of those players finds a special place in our heart. @DezBryant was one of those guys. I've had the great fortune of enjoying the careers of two 88's. And the great misfortune of seeing how their time in Dallas ended.

Bryant was always a fan favorite. His passion for the game was unlike any other, and his love for the fans was always there. Dez, at the end of the day, had some rough years. But we all remember how dominant he once was.

My favorite play from him is perhaps not a flashy one at first sight, but everything in it tells you the kind of guy he was. It's not a jump ball in the corner of the end zone. It's not a catch and take it to the house from 50 yards...

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Dez catches it at the seven yard line, shakes off a defender and when the second guy is ready to take him down, Dez simply carries him and stretches his arm to cross the plane and get six. The drive, the physicality and the burning desire to get to the end zone made Dez Bryant a special player for the fans.

Dez was a guy who drew media attention very often. The cameras would always be on him yelling in the sidelines and being portrayed as a diva who just wanted the ball and was mad because he wasn't getting it. Then you heard what he actually said and it was nothing but him trying to pump up the offense.

Part of what made him so loved was the impressive chemistry he always had with another beloved Cowboy whose career in Dallas came to an unfortunate end as well, Tony Romo.

Cowboys Nation will always remember the moments of glory that Bryant provided. Likewise, we'll remember the lows. Heck, one of the saddest moments in franchise history took place in Dez' hands. A moment that became a rallying cry for fans all around the world. Dez Caught It.

Personally, I think Dez meant a lot for every Cowboys fan, but even more for the young ones. As a young fan myself, I know what it's like to hear Michael Irvin and Drew Pearson stories and wonder what it was like watching them play.

Dez is the best we've seen. Like many fans, I grew up watching him play. I saw "the new kid" become such a good and important player for the team. And just last season, I watched that same guy become the franchise leader in touchdown receptions.

When a Cowboy scores a touchdown, we celebrate. But when it was Dez, the emotion and the excitement we felt when throwing up the X with him was something really unique.

It will hurt seeing him in another uniform, but hopefully he finds success. I really wish he bounces back. And when he scores a touchdown, I'm pretty sure I'll throw up the X with him. I like to think most Cowboys fans will.

Dez Bryant on Twitter

Cowboy nation I need you to know this wasn't my decision.. I will always love y'all... forever Dallas in my heart

Thank you for the memories, Dez. Cowboys Nation won't forget your dedication to the game, the team and the fans. Here at Inside The Star, we wish you all the best going forward.

Tell me what you think about "Thank You for the Memories, Dez Bryant" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!


I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @PepoR99.

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3 Comments
  • Hector Espindola

    Classy article, we all agree: Dez caught it! Thanks for the memories Dez.

  • Derek Robinson

    I’ll be wearing my #88 jersey for every game this season. DC88*4LIFE.

  • Derek Robinson

    And don’t worry Dez, if the COWBOYS don’t make a run in the play offs this year you want be the only one leaving Big D. Mr. Garrett.

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REPORT: Cowboys DL David Irving’s Accuser Retracts Claims Of Domestic Violence

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After what was a rather crazy day which resulted in reports the Frisco Police Department were investigating Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving for domestic violence, the accuser has now retracted her claims.

https://twitter.com/DCBlueStar/status/988527577915674624

This retraction comes after the mentioned reports of domestic violence claims against David Irving earlier in the day. Irving was neither arrested nor charged for the incidents, though two separate allegations were made.

Jobin Panicker on Twitter

BREAKING @FriscoPD confirms allegations made against Cowboys player David Irving were reported on April 22nd. At two separate times: 5pm & 10pm. Allegations made by girlfriend @wfaa

Irving has claimed through his own social media account that his accuser is an ex-girlfriend looking for retaliation over a breakup. Irving has already said he has changed the locks on his house in attempt to change behavior moving forward.

Whether or not Irving abused his reported ex-girlfriend is not for me to say, but it will be interesting to see how Roger Goodell handles the matter after she retracted her claims later in the day. As we know very well, the NFL can claim violation of the personal conduct policy even if the justice system pursues no charges.

And the results of both the Frisco PD's investigation and that of the league office will be intriguing over the coming weeks and months.


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REPORT: Cowboys DE/DT David Irving Suspected of Domestic Violence

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[4/24/18 UPDATE: Irving's accuser has since recanted with police. However, the NFL could still investigate under their domestic violence policy.]

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Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving is under investigation by Frisco, TX police for charges of domestic violence, according to a report by Jobin Panicker of WFAA-ABC in Dallas.

The following was tweeted from Panicker's account not long ago:

Jobin Panicker on Twitter

BREAKING @FriscoPD confirms it is investigating serious allegations against Cowboys player David Irving. No arrests. Assault-Bodily Injury, Unlawful Restraint, & Assault-Impeding Breath and Circulation @wfaa

Jobin Panicker on Twitter

BREAKING @FriscoPD confirms allegations made against Cowboys player David Irving were reported on April 22nd. At two separate times: 5pm & 10pm. Allegations made by girlfriend @wfaa

The veracity of the accusations are certainly not ours to judge, but other recent events on Irving's social suggest he is in the middle of a breakup with his girlfriend. Posts early this morning on his Twitter account appeared to be from an unauthorized user, and David later posted on both Twitter and Instagram that someone had hacked him.

Furthermore, Irving shared that he was already taking steps due to the volatile situation.

David Ja Rodd Irving on Twitter

@DCBlueStar Changed the locks yesterday

While personal lives should stay that way, Cowboys fans are understandably concerned after what happened last year with Ezekiel Elliott. As we saw then, Roger Goodell's "justice" system allows for just an accusation to lead to a suspension. There is no burden of proof on the accuser.

And as in that case, even if the police dismiss the allegation, the NFL can still pursue the matter under the personal conduct and domestic violence policies.

It would be nice to just say "let the process play out," but the NFL commissioner doesn't hold himself to that standard. Therefore, we have to report this as it could mean consequences for David Irving and the Dallas Cowboys no matter how legitimate the claims are.


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Jaylon Smith Practicing Without AFO Brace

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A lot of the talk circling the Dallas Cowboys and the NFL Draft is the need for the Cowboys to draft a linebacker as insurance to Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith's injury issues.

One of the questions, Sean Lee, will always be a question. When he's on the field, he's as good a linebacker as there is in the NFL. In 2016, he finally got in a near full season and rewarded the Dallas Cowboys with an All-Pro season that led the team to the playoffs. Talent has never been the issue with Lee. Keeping him on the field has been.

Jaylon Smith's question isn't his health as much as it is his recovery. The surgery to repair his ACL and MCL that he suffered at the end of his final season at Notre Dame was considered a success. There was a caveat, however, that there was no telling how much functionality would return because of the massive nerve injury that occurred.

Last year, Jaylon Smith actually played football games. No small step. In some games he made some plays and in other games, it was clear that he was still struggling with changing directions and running with receivers and running backs in coverage.

Time is Jaylon's biggest ally and another offseason removed from his injury should only help him get stronger and more confident in his recovering knee.

Lost in all of the Dez Bryant hoopla was a beautiful little nugget that Jaylon Smith teased Cowboys Nation with last week.

Jaylon provided a great look at his training regimen on the first day of team workouts and if you look closely, you'll see with a Clear Eye View that Jaylon Smith isn't wearing a brace, tape, or any other kind of support. On his knee or foot.

Jaylon Smith on Twitter

Focused vision, Determined belief, Earned dreams. #ClearEyeView

Remember that even after Jaylon was playing and practicing without a knee brace, he was still requiring an AFO brace to help with his foot drop.

Oh, how much one offseason can change things.

Mike Fisher, now of 247Sports.com, quoted Smith as saying, "I have more power and more flexibility now. And the dropfoot (issue) is fading. Absolutely!'' over on Scout.com, and there was this:

"As our colleague Bryan Broaddus has previously noted, it does seem that some of the testing is behind him, that the nerve is regenerating, that the repaired knee is stronger than ever and that more improvement is ahead of him. Smith's 6-2, 245-pound body is about as sculpted as is imaginable. His mind is sculpted, too, the result of his faith and his intellect and his personality and more. He suggests now that more improvement is inevitable, and that includes the medical improvement that is now, to him, simply "a matter of timing.'''

Mike Fisher - 105.3 The Fan and 247Sports.com

There is still a lot of hope around The Star and Cowboys Nation that Jaylon Smith can return to the All-American form that was projecting him as a top-five talent in the 2016 NFL Draft. If he's healthy and moving with better lateral movement and agility than he was in 2017, that's a huge step forward for Jaylon Smith and the Dallas Cowboys.

The progression of his knee and his confidence in said knee is going to be a huge determining factor in Dallas' plans to draft a linebacker. If they feel confident that he will be a more functional linebacker in 2018 than he was in 2017, then perhaps they could wait until day two or three to address the linebacker position.

We can't fully know their intentions as we get closer to draft day. How they address the linebacker position in the 2018 NFL Draft could give us an excellent indication of how they feel about Jaylon Smith's progression.

What we do know is that Jaylon Smith will never give up working toward being an elite middle linebacker. Let's hope he can realize his dreams. Everyone will be better for it.


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