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Better East Texas: Dez Bryant

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By Pat Stacey

If you are a Dallas Cowboys fan you have heard about the personal restrictions being used by the Cowboys to keep star receiver and east Texan Dez Bryant on the straight and narrow.  Following a year where we have seen Terrell Owens hit bottom and Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers falter in his fight with alcohol, Bryant is the next star ready to fall.  He has already had several brushes with the law and now the Cowboys, in a move to protect their investment, have awarded Bryant with round the clock security, a list of "Do's and Don't's" and have essentially stepped up to be his conscience and character.  Bryant must have agreed to the strict conditions to try to stay on the good side of the Cowboys and the N-F-L but isn't this really setting him up for failure down the road?  If Bryant stays on the straight and narrow, gets a new contract, and, in his mind, becomes even more bullet proof, isn't he destined to follow the ranks of other superstars who fell hard after big financial success and a small moral compass?  The Cowboys need to let Dez Bryant live how he wants and then pay the consequences for his lifestyle.  It is the only hope that he has of having a productive, meaningful life - after football.  And that is where the Cowboys' plan falls short.  It focuses on a few short year of Bryant's life.  They will keep Bryant corralled for a period but he will break out and be tempted to stray and that may end up being his saddest statistic of all.

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