FRISCO -- Excuse Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant for being a little nostalgic and saying a little too much after practice Wednesday.
Newly crowned Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato made an appearance at the Cowboys headquarters at the Star in Frisco and Bryant revealed the fastest he’s ever clocked on the speedometer, “back in his heyday.”
Just know he hesitated. At first.
“I’m gonna do it. I’m gonna do it. I’m gonna say it. You know, I just – I don’t do it anymore,” Bryant said with a sheepish grin. “When I first got my license, I got it suspended for a year because I was going a little bit too fast, if you know. The fastest I have been, I have gone probably about 180.”
It was in his Bentley and he was pulled over by police, but surprisingly didn’t get a ticket.
“When I got pulled over it was pretty cool,” Bryant said. “The cop said ‘I couldn’t catch you. I had to turn my lights off to get up with you.’ He didn’t give me a ticket. He thought it was pretty cool, too. It was good. He was a good sport.”
After being questioned about it on Twitter for admitting such reckless behavior, Bryant responded by noting it was in the past. And there ended the first so-called off-field controversy involving Bryant this off-season – save for a few posts about personal accountability within the African-American race.
It’s speaks to Bryant’s maturity, focus and motivation at the age of 28, heading into his eighth season as healthy as he’s been in three years and excited about being on the best team of his career.
The younger Bryant, who got caught in battles with rapper Lil Wayne, who was banned from the North Park Center for sagging pants and had the domestic issue with his mom among other things, is now gone.
This Bryant doesn’t go out as much and his Instagram and Twitter timelines are no longer dotted with parties.
“I think that is just things that naturally happen over time,” Bryant said. “You just start putting things in perspective. All I want to do is be better. You have to go until you can’t go anymore.”
Bryant’s passion and honesty is what makes him who he is. That’s why he couldn’t hold back about his fast driving. His revelations have gotten him in trouble at times, but it’s why his teammates and coaches continue to stand by him and support him.
Coach Jason Garrett said Bryant has grown and matured, like every player does. He knows how to be a professional now and manage better the things in his life.
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