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Irvin Sees Himself in Dez

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    Back in the early and mid 1990s, there wasn't a more physical wide receiver in football than Hall of Famer Michael Irvin, who owned the quick slant and made a living going over the middle for the Dallas Cowboys and Troy Aikman.

    On Friday, Irvin was talking about the current No. 88 for the Cowboys, stud wide receiver Dez Bryant.

    Speaking on KTCK 1310 The Ticket, Irvin said Bryant was just like he was, if not better, from "the neck down" but still had some growing to do before he got to Irvin's point "from the neck up."

    It's pretty clear the analogy Irvin was using. Bryant is as physically gifted a wide receiver as there is in football this side of Calvin Johnson or maybe Larry Fitzgerald, but he still lets his emotions get the best of him from time to time.

    Back in Irvin's prime, he could be found jawing with opponents, celebrating every first down with an emphatic signal and being a feared player. But he never let his emotions get the best of him, which Bryant has at times.

    Bryant has, on a few occasions, basically taken himself out of games because of his antics on the sideline or between plays, and in order to challenge the greatness of Irvin in the pantheon of Cowboys receivers over time, he'll have to shore up that part of his game.