Friday was Dez Bryant’s 23rd birthday, and he took the opportunity to address the media and say that age isn’t going to change his personality.
“I said if I go out and change myself, I wouldn’t be me,” Bryant told the Dallas Morning News. “I feel like I’m just going to go out with the same mindset each and every day in practice and the game and go from there.”
Bryant’s comments on Friday led to headlines saying Bryant acts like he’s 23 going on 13, and there’s been criticism of Bryant this season for the way he acts on the sidelines during games.
Bryant doesn’t buy that criticism.
“I just think it’s crazy,” Bryant said. “If I just go off on the sideline and just go yell at one of my teammate’s face and just act all crazy and berserk that’s out of line. What I do I feel like I try to do is motivate my teammates and I expect them to do me the same way and do the same thing. That’s all I’m doing. It won’t change. That’s how I play the game. I’m just very passionate and emotional about the game. Nothing negative about it.”
And to anyone who does see anything negative about it, Bryant has some tough news: He’s not changing.