Dallas Cowboys: Eugene Parker

Bryant: 'I can't wait to get back in pads'

April, 22, 2010
IRVING, Texas -- Michael Crabtree held out well into his rookie season after sliding in last year's draft. Dez Bryant slid much further than Crabtree and has a lot of the same people influencing him.

Like Crabtree, Bryant has Deion Sanders as a mentor, David Wells as an advisor and Eugene Parker as an agent. However, Bryant said at the combine that Crabtree's holdout shouldn't be considered an indication that he'd do the same thing.

"To be honest, I can’t wait to get back in pads," said Bryant, whose college career ended in September due to his NCAA suspension. "Most likely I will be there in camp."

The Cowboys have dealt with Parker, who represented Emmitt Smith and Sanders among others, a lot over the years and have a good relationship with him. He was the agent for their last two first-round picks, Felix Jones and Mike Jenkins, both of whom arrived at training camp during the opening week.

Bryant still considers Deion his mentor

February, 26, 2010
INDIANAPOLIS – Dez Bryant’s career at Oklahoma State ended prematurely after he lied to NCAA investigators about his relationship with Deion Sanders.

That did not end Bryant’s relationship with the all-time great cornerback.

“Deion is my mentor,” Bryant said at the NFL combine. “He never talked to me about football, it was more of my personal life, just seeing if my mom was OK, seeing if my brother was OK, seeing if my sister was OK.

“He checked up on me every now and then. It made me feel good, just like any kid. It’s Deion Sanders. And he was telling me the right things, not the wrong things.”

Bryant regrets not being honest with the NCAA investigators. He said he lied to them because he was nervous, not because he had anything to hide. Bryant denies that Sanders served as a runner for agent Eugene Parker, who will represent Bryant.

“His intentions were never to hurt me,” Bryant said. “He always gave me the right information. I still thank him to this day for it.”

Michael Crabtree, another talented receiver who considers Sanders a mentor, is also represented by Parker. Crabtree’s holdout continued well into the season, but Bryant said he hopes to be signed by the first day of training camp.

“I can’t wait to get back in pads,” said Bryant, who was suspended for the final 10 games of Oklahoma State’s season.