Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Dez Bryant has admitted that he is very hyped to play his ex-team Dallas Cowboys but claims he has moved past their ugly breakup and he is ready to do everything he can to Baltimore win a Super Bowl.
Bryant, who was selected by the Cowboys at No. 24 in the 2010 NFL draft, made three Pro Bowls and won the 2014 NFL receiving touchdowns leader award before he split with Dallas in 2017. Bryant, who wanted to finish his career as a Cowboys, said at the time that his release from Dallas was "very personal."
"For the most part, it's water under the bridge," Bryant said, per ESPN. "That's two years. I had time to get myself together. You got to go forward with life because life isn't going to wait on you.
Time waits on no one. I had to get myself together and move forward." On Tuesday, the Ravens will host the Cowboys. "It's cool. I'm excited. I'm looking forward to it," Bryant said. "A lot of those guys on that team, I know [and] I'm real good friends with.
I think when we line up across from one another, it's going to be fun. It's going to be an exciting moment."
Ezekiel Elliott looking forward to facing Bryant
Elliott, who is now one of the biggest names on the Cowboys' roster, played one year in Dallas with Bryant.
"I think it's going to be fun," Elliott said. "Dez was a great teammate. One of my favorite teammates of all time. Even better player. I think it's definitely great to see him getting his shot again. I wish him the best."
Bryant is no longer a member of the Cowboys but he has nothing but respect for Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. "He's very passionate; I'm very passionate," Bryant said of Jones. "I think that's why our relationship clicked the way that it clicked.
One thing I will always have for Mr. Jones is respect. I'm thankful that he drafted me and gave me an opportunity to play for this franchise. I'm a Texas boy. I grew up a Cowboy fan. I'm thankful for that. But I'm here.
I'm excited to be a Baltimore Raven. I'm looking forward to going up against those guys." It remains to be seen if Bryant can put up a huge performance against the Cowboys and lead the Ravens to a much-needed win.