Dez Bryant: People hate the Cowboys, and that motivates me

Reuters

Dallas receiver Dez Bryant says he’s working hard this offseason motivated, in part, by all the fans across America who hate the Cowboys.

“I feel like the greatest thing about being on the Cowboys [is] people love to hate the Cowboys,” Bryant said on ESPN Radio in El Paso, via the Dallas Morning News. “That makes you work 10 times harder. They put the big target on us or whatever, and speaking for myself, it doesn’t bother me. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t bother a lot of guys. They like that kind of pressure. It makes us want to work hard and makes you want to do what you want to do to get to that big game.”

Bryant has expressed a great deal of confidence this offseason, even predicting he could become the first player in NFL history to have 2,000 receiving yards in a season. Bryant says his teammates are the ones encouraging his confidence.

“The reason I’m so confident going into this year – and just working out in the weight room or whatever – is because of those guys. I give them all the credit,” Bryant said.

If they’re motivating Bryant through tough offseason workouts, those Cowboys haters deserve a little credit, too.

91 responses to “Dez Bryant: People hate the Cowboys, and that motivates me

  1. “even predicting he could become the first player in NFL history to have 2,000 receiving yards in a season.”

    He did not ‘predict’ he simply said, in response to a direct question, that he felt he ‘could’ have 2,000 yards in a season. He didn’t say he would at any point, only that he was capable of it.

    I think he’s right. The guy is crazy talented.

  2. I am a Viking 4life and have been a Cowboy fan since the days of Don Meredith (to bad people only look at statistics because Don Meredith was a great quarterback). I go back to Bob Hayes, Bob Lily, Don Perkins, Dan Reeves, Lee Roy Jordan and Rayfield Wright. I like the Cowboys just fine-it’s Jerry Jones I can’t stand!

  3. Anytime a team or person has success, people tend to hate on them. It’s because they want what these people have, they are jealous, they don’t realize how much hard work and dedication is involved. The people who are haters are also lazy unmotivated individuals that want everything handed to them in life.

  4. So if this clown played for a team that is a little less hated or nationally significant (lets just say the Houston Texans. Who really hates them?) he would be less motivated to do his very best?

  5. No one cares about the cowboys anymore. When your team ends up in third place in the nfc east four years in a row, you should hate yourself Dez. And I’m not talking about envious hate, Dallas has to actually win to get that respect.

  6. Similar to The University of Miami, the allure that once surrounded the Dallas Cowboys is long-gone but the current players still believe they are America’s Team because the star on their helmet once meant something special.

    Dez Bryant has talent but I cannot stand when a player consistently is provided a miche when he only has produced in one season.

    I guess it’s the Cowboys way, but, try to have a winning season or win a playoff game and people will take your comments seriously.

  7. Getting thrown out of the NCAA and Sparano calling your mom a prostitute couldn’t motivate you, but the NFL having fans of 31 other teams does? Please just catch the ball and pull up your pants Dez.

  8. I honestly dont have the time and energy to hate a football team for how they play a game. i have more important things to get emotional about.

  9. You do not have to over-come the haters, Dez. You have to over-come your owner/gm, so good luck with that and all.

  10. Dez, Dez, Dez…
    We don’t “hate” The Cowboys, we hate what the organization has become more than anything else.

    From the arrogance of the owner/Gm who makes decisions like a school girl with a Teen Beat magazine, to the head coach who has no spine and is almost afraid of his own shadow. To the complete idiotic call of a player who drives drunk at a high rate of speed, kills ANOTHER player and still has the gall to show up on the sidelines of a nationally televised game.

    We scratch our heads collectively as to why you guys gave Tony Romo a ridiculous contract when he hasn’t won a thing, and also wonder when the new Cowboys will stop riding the laurels of the Jimmy Johnson and Tom Landry Cowboys.

    We don’t hate you kid, it’s not fair to hate the stupid…

    Pity on the other hand is a different story.

  11. I’m not sure “hate” is the right word. “Look upon in disgust” is probably more accurate.

  12. How can someone be a Viking fan and a cowgirl fan?

    See that’s why people hate the cowgirls. They get unnecessary publicity all year long that is unjustified which makes them have pathetic bandwagon fans all over the country who have never been to Texas.

    If you are a cowboys fan and have never been to Texas punch yourself you suck at life and are the reason people hate the cowboys.

  13. Dez is wrong. Everybody loves the cowboys, because they are irreverent under Jerry’s watch. The 90’s are long gone people.

  14. There generally are 2 reasons to hate a team: ass-clown owners and a string of winning seasons. Fans dislike the Cowboys because of their gaudy play. Fans hate the Cowboys because of Jerry Jones. Diva players like yourself also cater to the haters.

  15. Maybe it has something to do with the insistence on using that asinine title of “America’s Team?” The vast majority of Americans don’t care for the Cowboys. The title is arrogant and inaccurate.

    America has 32 teams folks.

  16. dez, people don’t hate the cowboys, the bill’s, the jaguars, the (insert any irrelevant team)

    we’re just laughing at the way your president and gm runs your team.

  17. I’m happy the young man finally is getting. He may be brash in his statements, but his confidence and maturity is something that can help, The Most Hated Team in sports, outside of the Yankees. The guy is extremely talented, and put with the right coaching staff, could be a 2,000 yard guy. Built in the most of Andre Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald, he has the tools to be a Top 3 WR.

    As for people hating the Cowboys….

    Id do the same if I was an owner, but it stems from the owner’s arrogance in believing he can put together his own team, the self promoting of “America’s Team”, only Texas’ team, and the constant media attention, which is not worthy. The Cowboys may be of great value sponsor-wise, but on the field, the most overrated collection of athletes. Names become bigger, due to the promotion of the star on the helmet. Well Dallas, Houston doesn’t self promote, and their star has more than over shaddowed yours. I know, they haven’t won anything…..either has Dallas lately.

  18. I’m a huge Romo fan. I hope the Cowboys keep that sucker around for another ten years. Dez is a big help too. But the best thing of all is Jerry Jones! I LOVE that he is the Owner/GM!
    Makes my day

  19. Someone should tell Dez that the Cowboys haven’t been relevant for 20 years thus “people don’t hate the cowboys” as a team. It’s the Jerrah Jones and Dez Bryant’s of the world that people don’t like.

  20. In order to put up them kind of numbers Dez,you will have to “show up” in more than your usual 3 or 4 games a year. Just being average in 12 or 13 games a year won’t get it done.

  21. I can only speak for myself, but I somewhat dislike the Cowboys because the media covers them waaaay too much for a mediocre team, and because of their whole “America’s Team” slogan, which is garbage.

  22. He’s right, and people look into this “2000 yards” thing too deeply. He blatantly said none of that matters if they don’t win, and all he really said was “It’s possible”. In a second interview went on to praise a ton of other WR’s and give them nothing but respect.

    He messed up bad with the mother thing, I don’t fully believe that the story, from his mother, who was on probation for giving false testimony to a police officer…was entirely accurate. Maybe I’m just delusional.

    Since then, you haven’t heard his name in anything less than a positive manner. Doing everything from speaking at domestic violence seminars to helping out a ton with Jason Wittens Domestic Violence charity.

    The kids a stud man, say what you want about the Cowboys but this guy is very well on his way to being a top WR in this league.

  23. No Dez, it’s you I don’t like… I have no tolerance for primadonna arrogant overpaid underproducing athletes such as yourself.

    Sincerely,

    An NFC East rival

  24. Lets see it on the field player, besides who cares most times great stats like that means your team isn’t to good. Having said that maybe so huh……

  25. You’re a little off there, Dez….it’s not so much the Cowboys that are hated….it’s that a-wipe owner/GM and those arrogant fans…..you know, all of the “America’s team” bull….and not having a roof, so that you-know-who can watch his favorite team….yadda, yadda, yadda

  26. Sure, some people don’t like the Cowboys, but they also have more bandwagon fans than any other team in the NFL. D.C. is littered with Cowboys fans who couldn’t even locate the state of Texas on a map.

    That said, Bryant can be as motivated as he wants. As long as Romo has the ball in his hands in the fourth quarter, it’s not going to matter…

  27. If you are going to hate, the least you could do is let us know what pitiful team you cheer for. Dez will be a top 5 WR in the NFL for the next 7 years. Book it

  28. What does finding a state on the map have to do with being a fan. Secondly if you all didn’t hate Dallas you woulda just passed over this post but being a cowboy fan I see the haters. It’s just funny cause what do you hate the fact we are a 500 team since 1997. Keep the hate going fools cause in the end when Dallas wins a title with romo and dez the media attention for this team will be through the roof and the haters will really be out in droves

  29. Back in the early 90’s the Cowboys used to be a feared team. Now, I don’t think many teams are too worried about playing them. Jerry Jones has completely messed the Franchise up, from top to bottom. The Coaching staff is plain, the Quarterback is prone to mistakes and their #1 Wideout is a little bit of an overrated troublemaker with a dash of diva. Jones just rid himself of one of the better Defensive minds in Rob Ryan and kept his real problem- HIMSELF AS GM.

  30. oh what to do, what to do if your mother hates the cowboys, dez…oh nevermind, we know what you’re capable of…

  31. “Nobody hates the Cowboys anymore! They SUCK! Screw the Cowboys!”

    -Every comment on this article

    (Sounds like hate to me. Must be tough to be a jealous fan of some irrelevant team nobody cares about. Sorry, haters.)

  32. great examples in this thread.
    The sheer number of dolts checking in and taking the time to say they don’t care.

    That is hilarious. Of course you care enough to click a link, read the story and comment.You could have did ten sit ups in that time and made something positive of it.

  33. By the way…It doesn’t make sense to point out a team hasn’t won a Super Bowl in almost 2 decades and then say the fans are bandwagon fans….lol

  34. No one hates the Cowboys anymore, Dez. They’re new new Oakland Raiders with their own version of Al Davis at the helm. Many fans actually feel sorry for them. The hate you feel is FROM Cowboys fans who are sick of you not bothering to learn the playbook then running the wrong routes and not even bothering to tuck your jersey into your pants to start the game. Perhaps when you lose the need for a babysitter and start acting like a responsible adult, other team’s fans might start hatin’ but for now you’re just another classless act in Jerry Jones’ circus.

  35. I just don’t care about the Cowboys … not as long as Jerry Jones keeps screwing them up.

  36. There was a time when I admittedly hated them, then hatred turned to simple pity. Jerry Jones, GM and owner is as pathetic an individual as there is, their QB from their last millenium, decades old winning team calls out the fans for being bandwagon jumpers, they build a billion dollar stadium they can’t win in, and they sign a moron who needs a babysitter to behave and talks about how hatred of the team “motivates” him. Yep, pity.

  37. Such an overrated team and delusional uninformed fans. Cowboy fans are the WWE fans of pro football.

    The talk big, they got the biggest stadium… and ONE playoff win in 16 years. Pathetic.

    They’re all hat no cattle to put it in the local vernacular. But every year the media props them up and they go out and wet the bed. They never disappoint.

  38. i see a lot of haters on here, i guess you guys dont have real lives but how do you hate on a man that is arguably turning into one of the top recievers in the game?! has he had his problems? yeah he did, just like a lot of other football players or any sport but he came out of college and started in the nfl and make most corners look stupid (even the great ones) and he had a career year last year and hes only gonna get better because hes a hard worker, the strongest receiver out there and makes plays, if your not setting goals for yourself then your not gonna be a good football player, i love how he set the bar high for himself to get to 2,000 yards receiving……all the years of hating of dallas all i gotta say is dallas is a play away from going all the way, so watch out this year for them cowboys

    -DALLAS FAN

  39. What’s to hate? A qb who keeps choking in big games, yet still is paid like an actual winner. Or an owner/gm who hasn’t a clue how to build a winning team or a wide receiver who beats up women. I have no idea why people would hate the ‘Boys…do you?

  40. look at all these haters! lol! plenty of motivation. you know the cowboys are “America’s Team” when you get all these comments by just mentioning the boyz. all these haters are like 3rd world countries burning flags in frustration.

  41. “Such an overrated team and delusional uninformed fans. Cowboy fans are the WWE fans of pro football.”

    So in other words, you hate us. Thanks, loser!

    -Dez Bryant

  42. What an imbecile.
    You are supposed to be a professional.

    The sport makes you a millionaire, and along with being expected to do your job you need other people’s hate to motivate you?

    It’s always a red flag when stupid athletes have to play this card or the “disrespect” one in order to be motivated to do what they are PAID well to do.

  43. It’s amazing how many people here are just confirming Bryant’s position that so many people hate the Cowboys, by denying that Bryant has a valid position.

    SMH

  44. After reading all these comments? The talk of Jerry Jones ruining his franchise as a Owner,Gm,Coach,Player and a cheerleader is so true.. After going to the Steelers, Cowboy game in Arlington.. I have never ever seen such a scene at a football game before.. More theatrics than a Broadway play.. All true Cowboy fans can pray for?? Is Jerry Jones son is like Al Davis’s son completely just came in, and is cleaning his fathers mess up.. I give him major credit for that.. And lastly, if Tony Romo was in a better system? With a good organization? He probably already been a champ? But going to be 33.. With a lot of problems still in Big D.. Doesn’t look good! But Ironically as messed up as Dez is.. It’s amazing that the Cowboys have kept him on the field.. If he can play consistent like he did in the second half of last season.. He can do some major damage.. But unfortunately as long as he is in the Dallas organization.. Drama only wins..

  45. The Cowgirls haven’t been a good team since President Clinton’s FIRST term in office. They are hated because the media, especially a certain for letter network continues to shove then down out throats even though they haven’t been relevant this century!

  46. DEZ BRYANT NEVER HIT A WOMAN DEZ BRYANT NEVER HIT HIS MOM, CHARGES WERE DROPPED BECAUSE THE ONLY REASON DEZ’S MOM CALLED THE COPS WAS BECAUSE DEZ WOULDN’T GIVE HIS MOM MORE MONEY SO SHE CAN BUY HER DRUGS, I DONT KNOW ABOUT ANYONE ELSE BUT IF I WAS A MILLIONAIRE AND MY MOTHER HAD A HISTORY OF BAD DRUGS, I WOULD BE PUTTING MY MOM IN HER PLACE AND NOT GIVE HER MONEY FOR WHATEVER BAD THINGS SHE WANTS TO BUY BUT ITS A JOY TO COME ON HERE AND READ ALL THE RETARDED COMMENTS ( SOME ACTUALLY KNOW FOOTBALL AND HAVE COMMON SENSE AND HAVE GOOD STUFF TO SAY ) BUT MOST OF YOU ARE STILL LIVING IN YOUR HIGH SCHOOL DAYS OF SITTING ON THE BENCH SAYING “IF I WOULDNT HAVE BROKEN MY BIG TOE, I WOULD OF BEEN AN NFL PLAYER” WHEN YOUR THE MOST HATED TEAM IN HISTORY OF ANY SPORT, I THINK YOUR DOING SOMETHING RIGHT, NO ONE HATES ON THE JAGS DO THEY? NO AND HATE ALL YOU WANT ON ROMO, IM A DALLAS FAN AND I DISAGREE WITH HIS CONTRACT BUT THE FACT REMAINS IS HE A TOP 8 QB IN THE LEAUGE, DOES HE CHOKE IN BIG GAMES? YEAH HE DOES BUT HE PUT US IN THE POSITION TO MAKE THE PLAYOFFS AFTER ALL THE INJURIES TO OUR DEFENSE AND OUR HORRIBLE O-LINE SO I RATHER HAVE ROMO THEN SANCHEZ, GABBERT, ECT.

    -DALLAS FAN

  47. So, people hating the Cowboys makes them work 10 times harder….and they STILL SUCK.
    Could you imagine how bad they would be if people liked them?

  48. “Could you imagine how bad they would be if people liked them?”

    Actually, Dallas has the most fans AND the most haters. Comes with the territory of being America’s Team.

    Deal with it, hater.

    85 comments and counting! So much for the “nobody cares about the Cowboys!” comments.

  49. How does it feel to know that whatever crap team you root for will forever be inferior to America’s Team?

    Does it hurt? I bet it does.

  50. “No one even cares about the Cowboys anymore!”

    Said the hundreds of people who read the article and even took time to write a comment about a team they “don’t care about.”

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