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Daryl Johnston worries Dez Bryant will waste his talent

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Daryl “Moose” Johnston, the former Cowboys fullback and current TV commentator, says he believes there could be a wasted career ahead for Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant if Bryant doesn’t do a better job of committing himself to football.

“I don’t know what you do with Dez Bryant because when Deion Sanders gives up on you that speaks volumes to me,” Johnston said Friday, per the Dallas Morning News, echoing remarks made earlier in the week on the Rich Eisen Podcast. “Deion goes out of his way to help young guys and try to help them reach their potential in the NFL. And when Deion says, ‘I can’t work with you anymore,’ that’s the first time he has ever done that. This is a person with unique talent but with unique issues. And it would be a disappointment for Dez, number one, his family, the Cowboys, and their fans if he doesn’t live up to the potential he flashed as a rookie . He was by far the most talented guy on that field many times during last fall. And the sky’s the limit for that kid. And I just hope that at some point he understands and realizes that he shouldn’t waste two or three years because his head is not in the game.”

As a big, talented Cowboys receiver, Bryant has been compared to Michael Irvin, Johnston’s old teammate. But Johnston takes issue with that.

“Don’t ever to compare him to Michael Irvin because they are polar opposites,” Johnston said. “Michael was high-profile and he had the ‘playmaker’ nickname, but Michael was the hardest worker on that team. So, one of things you have to be careful with is that all of a sudden [because] he’s high-profile and he’s dynamic as a player you reach back and compare him to Michael. It couldn’t be further from reality. We had big personalities but we had guys who came to work and all they wanted to do was win football games. And hopefully that’s what Dez realizes – that this is not about finishing your rookie contract.”

Johnston said that if he were talking to Bryant, he’d tell him not to be satisfied with his status as a first-round draft pick and the contract that came with it.

“You got drafted in the first round last year,” Johnston said. “Your hard work has just begun. If you don’t bust your butt in the NFL, you won’t be there very long.”

Good advice. But as Johnston acknowledges, if Bryant wouldn’t listen to Prime Time, he probably won’t listen to Moose, either.

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39 Responses to “Daryl Johnston worries Dez Bryant will waste his talent”
  1. txchief says: May 14, 2011 9:12 AM

    Too late!

  2. kingjoe1 says: May 14, 2011 9:22 AM

    Dez doesn’t have to work as hard, because he is more talented than any other player out there. Just wait until the season starts; if he isnt producing than, make a big deal of it. These comments about Dez are happening because Moose and CO. are bored. DB will score 15 TD’s this year, if that line can keep Romo upright.

  3. cruells says: May 14, 2011 9:32 AM

    What talent?

  4. justanotherdummy says: May 14, 2011 9:34 AM

    Irvin had an advantage on Bryant. It is easier to work hard at practice if you have had a sugar bowl full of cocaine to get you cranked up.

  5. dryzzt23 says: May 14, 2011 9:35 AM

    Don’t worry Moose b/c Dez will get aseond chances, thrird chances, and a zillion other chances in the NFL, simply based on his perceived “potential”

    No matter what his off-the-field issues are, Dez will always get a chance, and if he doesn’t then the NAACP, Jesse jackson, and Al Sharpton will see to it that he does get as many chances as possible b/c:

    a) he is black
    b) he might have grown up in a bad environment, and thus society “owes” him the benefit of the doubt
    c) he can’t help who his “homies’ are
    d) he’s just trying to “keep it real”

    I think that JJ and Co. should sign Arkansas alum Matt Jones and give HIM a second chance. He is athletic, he’s fast, and he can play both WR and QB, plus it’d be a great story, a white athlete gets a second chance, for the first time ever

  6. jw731 says: May 14, 2011 9:37 AM

    spending over 3 quarter of a million dollars in jewerly, convices me he’s an idiot..or a woman.

  7. kilo0986 says: May 14, 2011 9:46 AM

    He doesnt have to work as hard physically but sure as hell has to bust his rear to study the playback and study film, he can’t be constantly asking the qb where he has to go after the huddle

  8. whatswiththehate says: May 14, 2011 9:46 AM

    If Daryl is so worried about Dez why is he running to the TMZ of sports to bad mouth the kid instead of going to him.

    Sounds to me like another ego driven former NFL player taking some else’s personal situation and using it for his own selfish again.

    Maybe Jonston should grow up and instead of running to his sports media peers who seem to enjoy tearing down these younger football players, he should go talk to Dez and get the otherside of the story. His excuse is so shallow and empty.

    Johnston must work for ESPN or NFLN where it seems lowlife behavior if normal practice.

  9. jedicookie says: May 14, 2011 9:47 AM

    I could get kicked off this website for what I think about this punk.

  10. irishgary says: May 14, 2011 9:54 AM

    Most GM’s new Bryant was a problem in college. The idiot that is GM of the cowboys, proves himself again.

  11. kevsright says: May 14, 2011 9:59 AM

    He HAS lived up to his talent-

    He’s a saggy pants fashion consultant, and an unpaid-for jewelry model.

    WHEN he washes out of the NFL, he can be “muscle” for his Pop’s escort service..

  12. 706vet says: May 14, 2011 9:59 AM

    Is Daryl Johnston a racist now?

    Be a man, pull the pants up. We actually have “grown” men wearing “they drawars” halfway around “they” arse at the local mall. Think about that.

  13. stonedwhitetrash says: May 14, 2011 10:02 AM

    One thing for sure Dez has already put Jerry’s money back in circulation if he can’t pay his bills.

  14. dkeyser says: May 14, 2011 10:03 AM

    Another tragic tale of wasted youth

  15. theytukrjobs says: May 14, 2011 10:04 AM

    Dez Bryant looked pretty darn good on the field. How hard Bryant works is up to him. If the team don’t like it, they can cut him. If he don’t work as hard, he won’t make as much money.

    But the bottom line is Dez was about the best looking rookie WR I’ve seen in a while. Maybe he’s okay with 4 million a year.

  16. lavikings says: May 14, 2011 10:07 AM

    Dez doesn’t have to work as hard, because he is more talented than any other player out there. Just wait until the season starts; if he isnt producing than, make a big deal of it. These comments about Dez are happening because Moose and CO. are bored. DB will score 15 TD’s this year, if that line can keep Romo upright.

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    Your an idiot!!!

  17. theblowtorchreview says: May 14, 2011 10:34 AM

    Wait….isn’t his “talent” aquiring jewelry and then not paying for it?

    Seems to me he is right on track for a successful career as a loser.

  18. duanethomas says: May 14, 2011 10:47 AM

    @dryzzzt23. No white player has ever been given a second chance. Erik Ainge. Chris Simms. Ben Roethlisberger. Christian Peter. Barret Robbins. Greg Lafluer. Mike Vrabel. Pat McAfee….Not to mention Matt Jones was in camp last year with the Bengals. You are a racist idiot.

  19. davekiid says: May 14, 2011 11:00 AM

    kingjoe1 says:
    May 14, 2011 9:22 AM
    Dez doesn’t have to work as hard, because he is more talented than any other player out there. Just wait until the season starts; if he isnt producing than, make a big deal of it. These comments about Dez are happening because Moose and CO. are bored. DB will score 15 TD’s this year, if that line can keep Romo upright.

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    After I gave this one thumbs down I still felt that I hadn’t done enough, so here is a second spot to give this bonehead comment its due second thumbs down.

  20. eagles83 says: May 14, 2011 11:04 AM

    This kid could terrorize the NFC East for years, however there’s just a good a chance that the only team he’ll terrorize is the Cowboys.

    Here’s hoping for the latter.

  21. schmitty2 says: May 14, 2011 11:04 AM

    whatswiththehate says:
    May 14, 2011 9:46 AM
    If Daryl is so worried about Dez why is he running to the TMZ of sports to bad mouth the kid instead of going to him.

    Sounds to me like another ego driven former NFL player taking some else’s personal situation and using it for his own selfish again.

    Maybe Jonston should grow up and instead of running to his sports media peers who seem to enjoy tearing down these younger football players, he should go talk to Dez and get the otherside of the story. His excuse is so shallow and empty.

    Johnston must work for ESPN or NFLN where it seems lowlife behavior if normal practice.

    Yet another post by a guy who should be spending his time on an “Equal Rights’ website. All you do is come on here and badmouth peoples opinions. Did you read the article?? Daryl said the kid is very talented and has a great chance to star in this league if he works hard. What the hell is wrong with that?

  22. dafixisin says: May 14, 2011 11:22 AM

    The Moose should be worried that Dez Bryant isn’t worried about wasting his talents, as they were.

    It’s really going to be a shame too; Bryant has Tim Brown’s early career talents but comes with Charles Rogers’s heart and focus. So sad.

  23. peanutbutter&jelly says: May 14, 2011 11:31 AM

    hey moose you don’t need to worry anymore because he will waste his talent no doubt about it.and it really is sad especially because of how he grew up,one would think he would be rying to make the most of his opprotuinity.i guess it’s like the saying goes-you can take the boy out of the trailer park but you never get the trailer park out of the boy

  24. rayguyreturns says: May 14, 2011 11:35 AM

    Maybe he suffers from “lethargy addiction”.

    Has he been hanging with JaMarcus?

  25. russrpm says: May 14, 2011 11:41 AM

    I’m not exactly sure where this is coming from. Rookie wide receivers rarely make the impact that Bryant was making until injured last year, and he seemed to be more comfortable in the offence every week. The one meltdown on the sidelines seemed to be frustration over not getting the ball, and of course. we’ve never seen that from a wide receiver before.
    As to the off field stuff, Sanders seems to have dropped him out of embarrassment over the NCAA issue, the mall in Dallas has something of a reputation for this type of situation, and, finally, 2 comments on the jewelry that everyone wants to talk about over, and over, and over again. 1. Where were all the great advisors that were supposed to be helping when these purchases were made? Isn’t that what they are (or were) being paid for; to head off this type of situation. 2. Consider what would have happened in your life if you had been handed even one million dollars before your 22nd birthday. Think you might have blown a good bit of it if everyone in your life was telling you that the first million was only the beginning?

  26. 52crabcakes says: May 14, 2011 12:15 PM

    can’t fix stupid.

  27. ppc50 says: May 14, 2011 1:59 PM

    Interesting that my comment towards LAViking’s “Your an idiot!!!” post never appeared. Anyway, learn how to spell and the Vikings will never be moving to LA – idiot! Moose’s comment was fairly accurate of Bryant, but I think he will turn out OK. Irvin should be coaxed out of the TV booth and become the WR Coach for the Cowboys – he would be perfect.

  28. backindasaddle says: May 14, 2011 3:16 PM

    I watched this kid play and he is incredibly talented. Problem is that his brain is incredibly saturated in moronic culture and values. Barring an amazing mental epiphany, the kid is destined for failure…even with all that incredible physical talent. He’s a complete moron.

  29. Grulks says: May 14, 2011 3:31 PM

    I think Moose hit things pretty much on the head. I was one of those people who thought Dallas struck gold on this kid, bc I really thought he was going to go Randy Moss on every team that passed on him.

    But the reality is that Dez either just doesn’t seem to (yet) have that drive, or he’s a BS artist that managed to hoodwink Dallas into drafting him, that his “troubles” were circumstance, and all in the past. I don’t know which is worse, but neither is good for Dallas or its fans.

    It’s still very early in Dez’s career to say he won’t develop that drive, and that he won’t turn around, but right now it doesn’t look good. I’d say the odds are against it. That is a real shame bc a Dez Bryant with his head straight, Austin, and Witten tag team could be something very, very special.

    Unfortunately, I foresee Dez slacking off bc Austin and Witten will take up the slack, allowing Dez to “mediocre” his way through, and still get paid.

  30. jcg23 says: May 14, 2011 3:53 PM

    I’m sure a lot of folks here were never 22 year olds and made mistakes. Thus far, Dez hasn’t been to jail, pulled over for DUI, or the plethora of other incidents this off season. Instead his personal life was thrown into view because of a dead off season. Yes, it was stupid to spend what he has on jewelry. Yes, the pants on the ground thing is not something I would do. But in comparison to some folks around the NFL the kids a damn saint.

    Last year, he reported EARLY for camp, BEFORE there was a contract. He never held out for more money, he took what they said was fair and went with that. He was incredible in training camp and went down due to a stupid injury and didn’t finish. When he was able to play again. He showed probably more heart than anyone else on the team until his leg was broken in another stupid injury.

    If you want to talk about him getting injured because he refuses to go down and wants that extra yard, fine have at it. If you want to talk about the fact that in 12 games as a number 3 WR he still almost had a better year than most WR coming into their first year as the number 1.

    Yeah, I hate the culture that spits out bad kids that get big NFL contracts. But I don’t think this kid is a bad seed and Deoin giving up on the kid just means that he is still mad at him for not wanting to go with Underarmor (Deoin works for them)

    He was easily the best thing about last season for many Cowboys fans. Please stop spiting out stories about how bad he is that you found on TMZ you jerk.

  31. bsizemore68 says: May 14, 2011 4:56 PM

    Perhaps Dallas should have called Miami and ask what about there back ground check on this guy, Miami needed a good receiver, they ask about his family life, down hill there after, however Jerry knows best. Bill

  32. melonnhead says: May 14, 2011 8:03 PM

    Perhaps Dallas should have called Miami and ask what about there back ground check on this guy, Miami needed a good receiver, they ask about his family life, down hill there after, however Jerry knows best.

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    Yeah i’m pretty sure that any team that’s looking to emulate the freaking Dolphins needs to have it’s collective heads examined. Two winning seasons out of the last seven is all you need to know about them. It is what it is.

    Get real. We’re talking about a guy that scored 8 TDs and racked up over 1,000 all-purpose yards in 12 games as a rookie and was perhaps the hardest worker on the field and on some days, looked like the only guy that showed up. He showed he can run all routes and loves to block downfield. What were YOU guys watching?

  33. granadafan says: May 14, 2011 11:36 PM

    Wow, when Deion Sanders gives up on a guy, you know he’s a lost cause. Say what you will about Sanders, but he is a hall of famer and his teammates never had a problem with him. Dez Bryant better start listening to teammates, bets and former players who have been there.

  34. thefiesty1 says: May 14, 2011 11:42 PM

    He should have been cut when he refused to carry Williams shoulder pads.

  35. SenecaWallnutz says: May 15, 2011 1:25 AM

    @kingjoe1
    I doubt Dez Bryant could score 15 on his Wonderlic test let alone 15 TDS this season.

  36. melonnhead says: May 15, 2011 1:53 AM

    Wow, when Deion Sanders gives up on a guy, you know he’s a lost cause. Say what you will about Sanders, but he is a hall of famer and his teammates never had a problem with him. Dez Bryant better start listening to teammates, bets and former players who have been there.

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    I must have missed the part where any of Bryant’s teammates have a problem with him, and that he’s not listening to teammates, “vets” and former players who have been there. And I missed the part where he stopped listening to Deion Sanders in particular, seems to me that Dez has reached out to Deion and Deion is the one that has refused to listen and has given no explanation as to why.

    Couldn’t be because Dez is a criminal. He hasn’t done anything illegal that we know of. And besides, Deion is tight with Michael Irvin, isn’t he? Is it because Dez bought a bunch of jewelry and ruined his credit by not making the payments on time? I mean what is this crap that Deion said about Dez after his pants in the mall thing?

    “I don’t have a problem with you lying to me. That’s one thing. But when you lie to yourself as a man, you have a serious problem and that’s where this kid is. And I can’t condone it. I really can’t. It tarnishes everything else I’m trying to develop in these kids [in his youth program]. I can’t allow you to poison other kids that I’m trying to mentor and take to another level.”

    Really, so a guy lying to others is ok, but you just can’t be around a guy that lies to himself? Bryant says he wants a face-to-face with Deion to find out what his problem is. “Born-again” Deion very Christianly hides behind “I can’t allow you to poison other kids” and is content to snipe at him through the media. Who is acting like the snot-nosed kid as far as this issue is concerned?

    Do the math. This is about Dez backing out of his UnderArmour deal because he didn’t like their shoes and didn’t want to be obligated to wear them. If you don’t think Sanders has an agenda you are BLIND to his entire adult existence. Like Deion once said “Must Be the Money” (youtube it). Moose is more of a rube than I thought he was.

  37. lgwelsh1 says: May 16, 2011 12:51 AM

    The Cowboys shouldn’t have drafted him in the first place. There are not enough veteran leaders in that locker room to straighten him out. Dallas has enough issues, they do not need a punk kid creating more problems.

  38. diehardskinsfan21 says: May 16, 2011 11:35 PM

    Bottom line is that Dez Bryant was a reach when the cowgurls drafted him in the first round. Jerrah saw ticket sales, instead of building a team that could contend. It showed last year and it will show again this year. Down with the cowgurls.

  39. bringbacktheflex says: May 19, 2011 1:54 PM

    dryzzt23 says: “…plus it’d be a great story, a white athlete gets a second chance, for the first time ever”

    I agreee with the sentimate, a lot. But a white guy named Jeff George got a LOT of second chances. Careful when you go with absolutes.

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