Jan 18, 1976; Miami, FL, USA; FILE PHOTO; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach (12) and running back Preston Pearson (26) wait to take the field prior to Super Bowl X against the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Orange Bowl. The Steelers defeated the Cowboys 21-17. Mandatory Credit: Malcolm Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Staubach, Pearson and Woodson on Dez Bryant Situation.

I recently did an article that gave my viewpoint on the situation with Dez. Roger Staubach and Drew Pearson were at Luncheon with a Legend and were asked this question: At what point do you think it makes sense for the Cowboys to cut bait with Dez? I decided to share what they both had to say. I also included what Darren Woodsons’ take on it was.


Feb 6, 2011; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys former quarterback Roger Staubach presents the Vince Lombardi Trophy after Super Bowl XLV between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Roger Staubach: “Well I don’t know all the, to be honest with you, all the circumstances. Just what you get on the Ben and Skin show and in the newspaper, so if it’s actually factual that he has had all of these episodes, there is definitely a pattern of behavior that’s not good. It’s affecting him, then it affects your teammates, and what you do on the field, so that’s not good. If you can’t repair that, it affects the rest of the team. I don’t think there’s any excuse in the world, even if you have a bad mother, that you physically do anything to your mother. So I’m not, if that’s true, that a, there’s no excuse for that. Even if it’s a bad mother.”

Drew Pearson: “That’s unfortunate, either good or bad you only get one mother. You know and a, you deal with whatever you get. But a, it’s a tough situation with Dez. I really think he’s a good guy, I spent some time with him at the heroes game, we joked around, we had a good time. I saw how he interacted with the crowd. With the other celebrities that were there participating, and it was all good. Ya know, so deep down he’s a good guy. Ya know, I know he has a good heart. He’s overcome a lot in his life to get where he is. What he has to do is realize that, he can’t let anybody else take that away from him ya know so, to avoid, how do you avoid that? Well you avoid the situation, and sometimes you know you’ve gotta get away from people a, too make the situation better. And I think Dez has to do it.

Nov 6, 2011; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys ring of honoree Drew Pearson during a halftime ceremony against the Seattle Seahawks at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

I came through with Harvey Martin, and I saw how the influx of people came toward Harvey,cause he’s the favorite son from Dallas now a part of the Dallas Cowboys. And I saw Harvey, how he tried to handle all that and it’s impossible. So Dez, being from here, it’s a lot of pressure in a lot of different ways. But you know a family can be the worst, ya know ya love em to death, but they can be the worst as far as a, trying to get a part of a what you’ve accomplished. They feel entitled to that. And you have to be able to be smart enough.

One of the first things Coach Landry told us when we were rookies, when we made the team, he said:

One of the hardest things your gonna need to learn how to do, now that your a Dallas Cowboy, is how to say no. And it’s not only to the fans, not everybody that wants a piece of you, but saying no to your family.

That’s pretty tough and here’s the deal, if you do one thing, for one member of the family, it spreads throughout the rest of the family like wild fire and then they start lining up wanting you to do something, so he has to be able to separate that out. And he’s a grown man now, he ain’t a kid ya know, in the NFL you’re a grown man. Your maturation process to becoming an adult accelerates because now you’re in a grown situation, playing professional football, makin big money, so now you have to grow up with that, and now you don’t have the privilege like other people to maybe gradually grow up. You have to grow up almost over night. So hopefully he will.”

Roger: “I’m glad we didn’t make big money back in the old days, so my family wouldn’t bug me ya know. We made $25,000 my 1st yr, so my parents were still lending me money.”

Feb 5, 2011; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys former safety Darren Woodson signs autographs at the Super Bowl XLV NFL Experience at the Dallas Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

It’s interesting to note that neither one directly answered the question. Obviously for political reasons they are not going to say either way whether they think he should be cut. With both of them being high character guys, I am certain they have their reservations about Dez Bryant. Darren Woodson was on Mike and Mike in the morning and I have included some of what he had to say as well.

Darren Woodson: “The Dallas Cowboys have bent over backwards to help Dez Bryant. They hired a guy in David Wells, as a guy who mentors Dez Bryant and basically holds his hand throughout the processes, One of the biggest problems with Dez was, athletically, he was a tremendous athlete, but he had trouble digesting the play book. And they felt that this off season was by far his best off season because he finally started digesting the playbook. The maturity issue was something that they just weren’t able to stand behind.”

“I just don’t think he is ready to get any help. You can hire as many people as you want to hold his hand, it’s going to be up to Dez to get to a point in his life where he makes a serious decision. I feel like I’m one of those guys, one of many of the former players, who feels like Dez Bryant is indebted to this organization. He’s indebted to the Cowboys taking a chance in where they drafted him because he slid in the draft with as much talent as he had. Over the years hiring people to hold his hand, this organization has bent over backwards for this kid and in the end, he has not looked at it this way. He’s still a selfish kid. And we can’t sit here and say well, the Cowboys need to do this and the Cowboys need to do that, this is not about the Dallas Cowboys, this is about one young man that needs to take care of his business, grow up and become an adult.

I think the commissioner is definitely going to step in here at some point and find out whats going on as far as the length of time and whats going on in the situation with his own investigation. I just don’t, in hearing things from inside in Dallas, I don’t think it’s going to progress to that point yet. I think that Dez Bryant will show up at camp and will play this season.”

I have heard many fans use the defense that Dez has never had a role model. Well as Woodson said, they hired a guy to hold his hand and it’s obvious that Dez doesn’t want to be helped. I have inserted a poll and would like your take on it.

What should the Cowboys do with Dez Bryant?

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  • californy

    The media and the fans make to much of what they really dont know. What we know is that Dez and us have a differnt upbringing, I already knew that. I am not making excuses for him, the court will mandate certain behavior Dez must follow, these are reffer to common law which show and follow a pettern people are expected to live by. Dez made a mistake, but the mistake and charges were filed in municipal court and carry less of a sentence and punishment. If there was some bodily harm the charges would of been filed in Criminal court but their was a lack of evidence. The real issue is between Dez and his mom, I am not asking anyone to understand this relationship. It a private matter until Dez mom reported it to the authority, now it become a community concern. Im sure Dez will be fine and must attend some type of counseling course over a period of a year. If Dez completes this cource in the manner the court mandates, he will most likely be given a clean slate. Whether he is innocent or guilty it dont matter to me. My approach to Dez is no differnt than it was before this inciddent. I want to trade both Miles and Dez away because their salary just dont make sence base on their preformance. They want to be paid like top 4 WR when their number came in at 29th best for Dez, and 81th for Miles in receiving last year. Those number dont warrent a salary in the top 4 in the league. That why Spencer must not be given a salary that reflect him as a top 4 LB also.. I talk football base on what I know, the number and salary, not on any personal oppinion or thought I may have on the athlete. It al goes back to what I believe, It never what they they do off the field that matter to me, is how they preform on the field is how I judge them. Now going back to Austin and Dez possible contract, it all about the numbers. 8.54 million for Miles and another 8.54 for Dez added together come out to 1/6 of a team total budget for the team in a year. for two player when he have 52 more under contract. Then Factor in Romo, Witten, Free Ratliff, Ware, , Carr, and possible Sean Lee & Spencer, those number dont make any sence for this team. Those player I just mention salary will be between 65-80 mill;ion dollars.

  • californy

    The real issue here in Dallas are never talk about. The issue are why I am here and it all starts at the top. This GM lack the ability to field a good team in the salary cap era of football. The contracts he is giving out dont make sence to me. Then you factor in the fans who i see more clueless than the owner here. Im not talking about anyone one in this site in particularly just in General terms. There alot of people who want and believe Coleman should be cut. I was rooting for Coleman to be signed, but he had a down year, his Coleman is now average 48 tackles per season. Coleman got paid half of What Spears made and he only gave us 15 last year. You dont hear people calling for Spears to be cut, but Coleman is always mention as a cap cut hear in Dallas despite averaging 20 tackle more than Spears averages in his career.Now going back to this team salary situation, Scandrick was schedule to make over 10 million this season until his contract got reworked, then Carr number is for 15 million next year. just keep this in mind Scandrick is not a starter and Carr has never been a pro Bowl player so why pay these player like they are pro Bowl players. Who fault is this? You know who fault it is, and as a fan I am here to expose him as the bump in the road this team must over come to return to the glory season. As long as he remain as this team GM , we have little hope to return to the glory years. Now there your real story no one talks about.

  • californy

    My guess is Dez learn the hard way in life through life expereinces. Dez doesnt process things the same way you or I see them. The boys need to do better background on people and when they know they have a player like Dez, give him the help to over come these situation through mentoring and counceling. The mentors if he is still on board isnt doing his job, it time to get someone who can get to Dez before it really to late.A question why were the boy interested in Gordon, when he failed school, and threee drug test. My guess is the boys just dont have a plan in place to help out these type of player like Dez.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003793761925 Jefferson Reagan

    My first thoughts was steroid use, they make people short tempered & edgy. Then my next thought was Momma’s at it again. Maybe it’s Momma that needs to grow up. She’s what 36 or so and thinks her son is going to pay for everything she wants to charge up on credit cards. Maybe it’s Momma that needs a kick in the pants. This domestic problem may never be exposed fully and it probably shouldn’t be. The Bryant family needs to get their act together and realize being a Dallas Cowboy comes with responsibilities.

  • californy

    This story is a non story without Dez Mom testimony in this case. There is nothing to prosecute in this case, there is a lack of evidence without Dez Mom testimony. It time to move on and to start playing some football. What ever issue Dez and his mom are having is now a private matter once again.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J6DFUTP4ANOWL2XADDZPUQGMTE J

    I like what Pearson had to say, and I feel similarly. Thanks for the article Cas.