It seems like everyone wants to talk about Dallas Cowboys' receiver Dez Bryant lately and now a fellow teammate is speaking out on him. Keith Brooking, who has played in the NFL for 14 years now, called Bryant the most talented player he has ever played with.
However, Brooking also said that, despite Bryant's talents, it will be hard for him to have a successful NFL career if he keeps making the same bad headlines. Of course, the most recent headlines involved Bryant getting into an altercation with members of rap star Lil Wayne's entourage over unpaid debts by Bryant.
Brooking, who wants to return to Dallas to play linebacker again in 2012, said he hopes Bryant steps up and does the right thing because there is too much talent there to squander.
The compliments by Brooking is the positive note that can be taken from this discussion. Brooking calling Bryant the most talented player he played with stretches across a lot of extremely talented individuals.
Brooking came into the NFL in 1998, a first round draft pick for the Atlanta Falcons from Georgia Tech. That season, Atlanta finished 14-2 with players like Jamal Anderson and Chris Chandler leading the offense. However, Atlanta crashed back down to Earth in 1999 and struggled until they drafted Michael Vick in the 2001 NFL Draft.
Now, this is where the praise of Bryant rises to a new level. If Brooking is taken at his word here, he is saying that Dez Bryant is a more talented football player than Michael Vick, and if that is true, the sky could be the limit for the man wearing Michael Irvin and Drew Pearson's old number.
Other players to add to the list include Warrick Dunn, DeAngelo Hall, Roddy White, Miles Austin and Demarcus Ware. This is where Brooking's statement might stumble a little. I will admit that Bryant might have more upside than Vick but there is no way, at this stage in his career, he matches up to Roddy White.
I may be nitpicking here but I can see where Brooking is coming from. Seeing the raw talent that Bryant has makes it look like the sky is the limit for the youngster. However, it takes a good head to be an NFL superstar. I don't see that from him yet and, until he proves he can keep his nose clean, I don't know if he will ever reach the levels that Brooking believes he can.
Author Shawn S. Lealos has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma (2000) and has been a Dallas Cowboys' fan since he was a child. His favorite players range from Roger Staubach and Tony Dorsett to the Triplets of the 90s and he enjoys talking about all Cowboys' related news, good or bad