Dez + Irvin + Desiring Those Cowboys Rings
Dallas Cowboys Hall-of-Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin says there is a "nervous anticipation" for Dallas' 2015 season because of how great this team can be. At the same time, he's encouraging the confidence of his "son" Dez Bryant's desire to "have those three rings on my fingers the way you have them."
Irvin is at Cowboys camp working for NFL Network (and getting some Cowboys guest-coaching in on the side). In his interview with Bryant, No. 88 Dez said to the previous owner of that jersey, "I want to rock them eights the way you rocked them. I want to have those three rings on my fingers the way you have them.”
Later I asked Irvin to reflect on that lofty goal.
“I think greatness is always set by greatness that came before you,” Irvin replied. "I always said that I wanted to top what Drew (Pearson) had done and I’m glad that Dez says that. All fathers want to make their ceiling their kids’ floor. That’s what we’re all trying to do, say ‘Hey kid, I did the best I could do with it, now I’m giving it to you. You take it from here. Make my ceiling your floor. Step on my ceiling and go higher.’
So, three rings for the Dez-era Cowboys?
“Take that three and go make it six, and go bring it on home to Papa," Irvin said. "That’s what we want to do. That’s what I’m hoping.”
More from The Playmaker:
On Charles Haley’s Hall of Fame speech: “That joke (about playing golf at Pebble Beach) was so funny the other night. As Hall of Famers, we’re all sitting back there listening and we almost fell out, man. It was so funny. … He started the story and I was like, ‘Oh, my God.’ But he came out of the story pretty good.”
On Haley/Hardy comparisons: Like Haley, Hardy "has the potential to take over the games. He's gonna be in the offense's nightmares. I believe in him.''
On following up on a12-win season: “Each year it is a different year. I love that you hear that everyone is regurgitating the theme that coach Garrett has placed out here. ... But I can bring some of that pain from last year to this year. I can say I know this is a new year, but last year was some unfinished business. This year is a new year, but I’m going to make sure I get to the jewelry that I didn’t get last year this year. That’s how I know it’s going to be a new year.”
On his skepticism regarding the Cowboys running game: “I’m still waiting to see, I want to be honest and real with it. I hope and pray that it comes out and everybody runs the ball and they have a great running game. ... I heard the other day (from Brad Sham, speaking on 105.3 the Fan) that if one guy had 1,800 yards, so if three get 600 yards, does that work? Well, no, because what it doesn’t do is tell the defense to come in trying to stop the run so we can just filet you like a fish and leave you in the alley. That’s the difference.”
On Darren Woodson in the Ring of Honor: “I’m so happy for D-Wood. I think D-Wood deserves to be in the Ring of Honor and one day the Hall of Fame. If we’ve got anybody in the Hall of Fame for the Cowboys that played defense ... he’s the all-time leading tackler, doesn’t that put him in there?”
On Cowboys expectations: “I want it to work out great, I hope it does, and we’ll see. There is a nervous anticipation about it. We’re so excited, so excited, but we know you still have to go put it in. You’ve got to put the work in, nobody gives it to you, you can’t bring what you did last year into this year. So that’s the important part. We'll see.”