Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant has a breakout year in 2012. He put up the best numbers of his career--92 catches for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns, while playing all 16 games, despite having a fractured index finger for the last three.
Head coach Jason Garrett said recently that Bryant is healthy now, and that the way he handled that injury showed a level of mental toughness that isn’t exactly common, even in the NFL.
"He seems great. When I’ve seen him, he seems really upbeat and positive. He really handled that situation very well,” Garrett said, per ESPN Dallas. “You guys have heard me say this before: He was very emotional after he hurt his finger up there in Cincinnati. He hurts his finger then catches what amounted to be the game-winning touchdown pass with a broken finger, and he came in the next day and our doctors saw him and they said, ‘Hey, you broke this thing, we might have to do surgery, you might have to go on IR,’ and he was in my office two minutes later saying, ‘I can’t go on IR,’ and he was emotional, and, ‘I’ve got to play’ and ‘I can play through this,’ and it just speaks to his passion, his maturity as a player.
“He’s always been very physically tough, and we saw that right from the start. He demonstrates that he’s mentally tough, too, and I think he handled it well during the season, and I think he’s handled it well since then."
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