Usually rookies in the NFL have to go through some sort of hazing. Whether it’s singing their school’s song in the cafeteria, or carrying a veteran’s pads off the practice field, it’s usually something.
But, Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant isn’t having any of it. Specifically, he is refusing to carry Roy Williams’ pads.
“I’m not doing it,” Bryant said. “I feel like I was drafted to play football, not carry another player’s pads.”
“If I was a free agent, it would still be the same thing. I just feel like I’m here to play football. I’m here to try to help win a championship, not carry someone’s pads. I’m saying that out of no disrespect to [anyone].”
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Supposedly, Williams isn’t happy about that.
“Everybody has to go through it,” Williams said. “I had to go through it. No matter if you’re a No. 1 pick or the 7,000th pick, you’ve still got to do something when you’re a rookie.
“I carried pads. I paid for dinners. I paid for lunches. I did everything I was supposed to do, because I didn’t want to be that guy.”
And if Bryant still refuses to do it?
“We’ll find out. Definitely going to find out,” Williams said. “I don’t know. I’ve seen guys take people’s credit cards and go fill up their cards and wife’s cards and everything. There’s a lot of dirt that goes on in that locker room.”
Maybe Bryant feels like he shouldn’t be carrying a backup’s pads around.