Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant isn’t about to provide any sound bytes leading into his matchup with Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman on Sunday.
Bryant and Sherman are reportedly friendly acquaintances after meeting at the ESPYs last summer, and there’s also a clear respect there. Not that Bryant has ever been a big smack talker, off the field anyway, but he had nothing but subdued praise for the effusive Seahawks star this week.
“It can’t be personal. You’ve got to go out there and focus on what the offense is doing and what the play-calling is doing,” Bryant said, per Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. “You’ve got to go out there and focus. I’m just looking at it as he’s an outstanding football player and you’ve got to be prepared when you go against someone like that.”
Of course Bryant, who has 32 catches for 376 yards and four touchdowns on the year thus far, knows their relationship could very well become a lot less friendly and a lot less quiet after kickoff.
“That’s just the nature of the game,” Bryant said. “I’m pretty sure he’s going to say something to me. I’m pretty sure I’m going to say something to him. But at the end of the day, when it’s all said and done, we’re going to congratulate one another and talk and take pictures and get back on the plane and go our separate ways.”
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