ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 21: Head coach Jason Garrett (R) of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates with quarterback Jon Kitna #3 after scored against the Detroit Lions late in the fourth quarter at Cowboys Stadium on November 21, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys beat the Lions 35-19. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jon Kitna;Jason Garrett
Jason Garrett is putting an end to a common practice in sports, and one that garnered national attention last season because of his Dallas Cowboys.
As Garrett told ESPNDallas, he's not going to allow any rookie hazing this season in his first year as the team's head coach.
The Cowboys were in the spotlight at this time last season when then-rookie wide receiver Dez Bryant refused to carry the shoulder pads of veteran receiver Roy Williams, a pretty common practice in the NFL.
That doesn't even include the more severe hazing like tying guys to the goal posts or dousing guys with flour, or whatever else you can think of.
Hazing can also contribute to some problems for the rookies, and the perfect example was Bryant, who was forced to pick up the tab for a group of veterans last year at a nice Dallas steakhouse that totaled nearly $60,000. Of course, it later came out that Bryant was having money and credit problems.
Hazing is a pretty childish thing that's probably lived on for too long, and Garrett is finished with it.
"It's just something I believe and we believe in as a staff," Garrett told Tim MacMahon. "The young guys are part of our football team."
Congratulations, Tyron Smith.