Roy Williams Should Carry Dez Bryant’s Shoulder Pads

On Thursday we were praising Dez Bryant for becoming the first first-round pick to sign a deal and get into camp. On Saturday we were talking about how Dez Bryant made it a point to be the first one at Dallas Cowboys practice, showing up two hours early. On Sunday, the discussion had evolved back into how Dez Bryant has character issues because he refused to carry Roy Williams’ shoulder pads off the practice field.

Bryant’s point makes a lot of sense for why he does not want to carry Roy’s pads: “I feel like I was drafted to play football, not carry another player’s pads,” Bryant said. ”If I was a free agent, it would still be the same thing.”

I agree with Dez — he’s there to play football, not be bullied, bossed around, or hazed, even if it is a rookie tradition. Thing is, Roy Williams is genuinely upset over the whole deal:

“Everybody has to go through it. I had to go through it. No matter if you’re a No. 1 pick or the 7,000th pick, you’ve still got to do something when you’re a rookie. I carried pads. I paid for dinners. I paid for lunches. I did everything I was supposed to do, because I didn’t want to be that guy.”

Look Roy, I’m sure when it comes time to sing in front of the veterans and buy the old guys lunch and dinner that Dez will be there to participate. You need to understand that this is not as simple as a rookie not following tradition (as dumb as hazing is). This is not as simple as Dez being a headstrong, defiant person. This runs much deeper than all of that — this is about a rookie preparing to take your job. Maybe Dez should humor you by carrying your shoulder pads off the practice field next time — it’s the only dignity you’ll have left after he unseats you in the starting lineup.

Dez refuses to carry Williams’ pads [Tim MacMahon/ESPN Dallas]

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  • http://www.intheot.com IntheOT

    Well said Larry. I love you when blast these conceited egomaniac players, your takes on bang on.

  • CVal

    The conceited egomaniac player is Dez Bryant. This piece shows how little the author, Larry Brown knows about football. The idea of hazing a rookie, whether it be in college, the NFL, West Point, or Annapolis is to instill a sense of team spirit. You take part in the tradition and you take what the older players dish out because you want to show you want to be part of the team, no matter what. Dez Bryant failed as a team guy. He has always been out for himself. It doesn’t matter if he is after Roy’s job. That has absolutely nothing to do with it. A second string veteran could say, “Carry my pads and muddy shoes.” and a rookie must do it.

  • yuri

    Your an idiot. Hazing an underclassman or a team mate has nothing to do with team spirit. It is simply the veterans and / or upperclassman feeling superior to the “new” guy. I applaud Dez for taking the stand that he did. The only reason Roy got upset was that he didn’t have the guts to stand up for himself when he was the rookie.

  • City_mo

    Yuri … you are indeed the “idiot” because “Your” is actually spelled “You're” (i.e. contracted “you are”). It is blatantly obvious that Larry Brown and Yuri have NEVER participated in organized sports or any fraternal organization. Get a clue you worthless mouth breathing dullards and please sterilize yourselves so the Earth is not infected with your seed that may one day tragically breath valuable oxygen.

  • Anonymous

    Hey stupid, it is breathe not breath. You correct someone for a spelling mistake and then make one yourself? That is really stupid. I actually think that is worse than your wrong opinion on this shoulder pad issue. It sounds like you were probably the water boy and thought it was some sort of an achievement to carry things around for the real athletes like me.