The Dallas Cowboys were hoping they were getting the wide receiver of the future when they picked Dez Bryant in the first round back in 2010. If last season's production is any indication they might finally have him. However, with the off-field issues he's had it's been unclear whether he would last in the league long enough to realize his potential.
If you can believe him those days are over. He just needed to do one thing--find himself.
“I found myself,” Bryant said. “I’m comfortable with my life. I’m enjoying being in the NFL. I wish it could’ve been a couple years back, but I had to go through a couple of things to figure it out. I think I got it and I’m just more focused on my job and doing what I love to do and that’s playing football.”
A popular misconception is that as soon as someone turns 18 or gets their first real job out of school that they are an adult. That is far from true. People need to have something happen, some experience that transitions them from being a kid to an adult.
Think about for a second. How many 20-something or even 30-something year old kids do you know? You know the one; the person that seems like he/she has yet to grow up. That person has never got that transition.
Ideally the transition will be a positive experience, and not a negative one like Bryant had with all the legal issues he had his first couple years in the league.
What's important is coming out on top; learning from that experience and moving on a better person. If Bryant is telling us the truth than that time might be here for him.
Like any other young man he will ill have moments here and there; moments of immaturity and foolishness. It's all part of the process. The transition is not instantaneous after all.
One of those moments came the other night when he responded to an idiot on Twitter that was trying to get a rise out of him: