I'm big into tradtion.
I like it, I live it. I have grey hair and beard. It's something I treasure.
I am almost as full of tradition as the old fiddler singing on the roof.
That's why Dez Bryant's "shoulderpadgate" semi-story in San Antonio a Dallas training camp touched a nerve with me.
I've been a victim of hazing. When I was a freshman in high school low many years ago, my head looked like a sack of walnuts
after so many seniors cracked my cranium. Yes I was lightly hazed, tossed in a locker and lived to tell about it.
So when the Lufkin flash -Dez Bryant - refused to tote Roy (11) Williams' shoulder pads, then it kind of irked me. But not totally.
I think part of the problem was about who asked him and how he asked him to carry his pads. Williams has been nothing but a big time
disappointment since traded a King's ransom of draft picks and got him from D-troit. Like last year -Williams had 38 catches for 596 yards.
Roy would need a break out year, just to reach mediocre. Now Dez is the new kid in town
and Roy wants him to do his bidding. I see the problem. But Dez is still a rookie.
Way back to the days of Coach Tom Landry and training camp in Thousand Oaks, rookies have been doing tasks for veterans. They have undergone pranks which ranged from
eating dog food labeled as bean dip, to singing the college fight song and harmless tasks like toting shoulder pads or fetching water, maybe giving up their slot in the lunch line..
Dez said he was unaware of the tradition. Then he took one step too far. He blamed the media.
Hey Dez - do you really want to pick a fight with somebody who buys ink by the barrel? Think it over.
Just tote the shoulder pads, pick some which belong to a nice offensive lineman like Doug Free or somebody of that weight class. Make a friend.
I like Bryant, I hope he does well, he seems to have a world of ability.
He needs to be a part of tradition. Don't buck the trend - it's all a part of being a rookie.
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