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Bryant on Being Booed: "Hurt My Heart"

Bryant was booed loudly after stepping out of bounds before the first down marker in the first half of Sunday's OT win

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    Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant had a pretty nice day on Sunday, going for 12 catches, a touchdown and a career-high 145 receiving yards, but his impressive contribution to the stat sheet couldn’t keep him from the ire of the home crowd as the team went onto a 23-20 overtime victory.

    Bryant was roundly booed in the fourth quarter, after he--very uncharacteristically we should add--stepped out of bounds rather than taking on a group of closing defenders as he usually does. The point at which he stepped out was just in front of the first down marker, drawing the boos from fans and some instant regret on the part of Bryant.

    “Oh, man, I seen where we was at and I was like, ‘Damn! I didn’t mean to do that,'” Bryant said, per ESPN Dallas. “It’s not like me to run out of bounds. I seen like four or five guys coming and stepped out. I didn’t see the first down marker. That’s my bad. I should have known where we was at on the field.”

    Bryant said afterward that he wasn’t unaffected by the sudden appearance of the boo-birds at JerryWorld.

    “I heard the boos from the crowd,” Bryant said. “That hurt my heart.”

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