LAS VEGAS - JULY 02: NBA analyst and former NBA player Charles Barkley addresses the crowd at the after party for the Ante Up for Africa celebrity poker tournament at the Pure Nightclub at Caesars Palace July 2, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Proceeds from the event will benefit survivors of the humanitarian crisis in Darfur, Sudan. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Dez Bryant has found no shortage of praise since arriving in Dallas.
Mike Jenkins suggested that Bryant could be the best receiver on the team (no offense, Roy); Wade Phillips wondered aloud if he had ever coached a more talented rookie; even Michael Irvin made an appearance at rookie mini-camp, after which he couldn’t help but gush, a little.
But in news that seemingly came screeching in from left field, Charles Barkley hopped the trolley last week telling Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show” that Bryant, the Dallas Cowboys’ first overall pick in last month’s draft, was his new favorite NFL player.
If you contest that Bryant has yet to see a live snap in the NFL, you make a fair point.
Then again, that wouldn’t really adhere to Barkley’s sometimes-questionable line of reasoning. Barkley is a fan of Bryant’s due to his (perhaps) biblical sense of patience concerning a now-infamous question asked him by Dolphins’ GM Jeff Ireland in a pre-draft meeting.
"First of all, he’s got the patience of Job," Barkley told Leno, per the Dallas Morning News. "Where I'm from you can talk about anything in the world, but if you say something about somebody’s Mama you got no choice--you got to go!
"For him to have the patience not to get up and beat the hell out the guy, he's my new favorite NFL player."
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