Camp Showdown: Roy Williams Should Carry Dez Bryant's Pads

Craig WattsContributor IJuly 26, 2010

COLUMBIA, MO - OCTOBER 11:  Dez Bryant #1 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys stiff-arms Castine Bridges #21 of the Missouri Tigers  on October 11, 2008 at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri.  (Photo by G. Newman Lowrance/Getty Images)
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Actually, he should be thankful he's still a Cowboy.

Rookie hazing has been a long NFL tradition and most people, including myself, have no problem with it, but Roy Williams had no right to ask Dez Bryant to carry his gear.

Throughout history, the game's best players went through hazing and it won't stop anytime soon. Rookies have always been forced to do things like shave their heads or do favors for the veterans, but there is a right time to initiate it.

He didn't choose the right time.

Williams, as we all know, has done very little with his time in Dallas and will be going up against Bryant to become the team's second receiver—a position some in the organization don't want him to win.

If Bryant were asked to grab some luggage or get the veterans something to drink, he wouldn't have had a problem as he wants to be part of the team. I bet he would have even carried anyone else's pads. 

No one, however, should blame him for not listening to Williams. Why would he want to carry the helmet and shoulder pads of someone he is in a heated battle with?

Being an NFL football player, you have to have the mentality that if someone has something you want, you will lay it all on the line to take it, which is what Bryant has shown early on.

Fans have to be excited as Dallas jumped at the opportunity to bring the Oklahoma State star to town when they traded up to select him in last April's draft. He was just as ecstatic to be a Cowboy.

If the first few days of camp are an indication of things to come, Bryant is dedicated to helping the team win, but to do that—in his mind—it is necessary to win a starting job.