FRISCO, Texas – Throughout their league-best 8-1 start, the Cowboys have attributed much of their success to team chemistry – a bond of teamwork and selflessness that has transferred from the locker room to the field.
On Wednesday, in his first interview since last Sunday's win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, Dez Bryant respectfully chose to keep his personal emotions about his father's recent passing to himself.
But he did thank his teammates for their support last weekend. The veteran receiver responded with six catches for 116 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown, in the Cowboys' 35-30 victory.
Afterward, head coach Jason Garrett presented Bryant with the game ball.
"Yeah, the game ball was special," Bryant said. "Of course, like I said, just goes to show you it's not only a football team. It's a family. It's just something that we've been building here for a long time. It's just exciting to see whenever you've got a guy, talking about myself, going through the situation I was going through, and those guys having my back and just keeping me lifted. It just made me excited.
"I felt a lot of support. They kept me happy. They refused to let me get myself down. I felt like I was peaceful for the most part. It's normal; it's my dad – somebody that I extremely loved who's no longer here. With these guys, the great supporting cast that I have around me is just amazing."