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Dez Bryant explains why he identifies with Andrew Luck

Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant has had terrible luck with injuries since being released by the Dallas Cowboys in 2018, but those experiences have helped him understand Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck’s decision to retire.

Bryant, who is currently unsigned, was one of many NFL players to praise Luck after the quarterback retired Saturday. Bryant added that he understood Luck’s decision “100%.”

When one fan doubted whether Bryant would actually pass up $58 million, Bryant claimed he’d turned down $30 million from the Baltimore Ravens because he hadn’t felt that he could live up to that.

Bryant is referring to the 2018 offseason following his release from Dallas. At the time, it was reported that he turned down a multi-year offer from the Ravens, preferring to find a one-year deal.

Bryant may understand even better now. He didn’t land with a team until over halfway through the 2018 season. Then, two days after signing with the New Orleans Saints, he tore his Achilles. It’s safe to say that he would understand better than most just how much injuries can mess up a career, and why one might simply take the money they’ve saved and move on to other things when the physical toll becomes a major factor.


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