Michael Irvin attended rookie practice today and he took time out to lecture the media on the first day coverage of Cowboys No. 1 draft pick Dez Bryant.
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Irvin said that he detected negativism in the coverage and he disagreed with the emphasis.
“I was working and I got some texts [that said] he looks great in practice, he looks great in practice,” Irvin said. “And then I got a text ‘Dez threw up.’
“That’s great. I found it interesting the coverage of it because I saw it as something great. Whenever you get somebody that is willing to push himself past the place where his body is saying ‘no more, no more,’ then you’ve got something.
“I want a guy that’s throwing up and still catching the ball. I can get him in shape in two weeks. It’s much easier to get a guy in shape that’s hungry than have a guy that’s in shape and not hungry.
“I used to do it out here all the time too. I used to push myself until I threw up and kept going. I want you to understand what it takes in your mind to [continue playing while throwing up[. You’re body is saying ‘what are you doing, stop.’ And you ,keep going and you keep going and you make that play. That’s a beast right there buddy. . . . that’s how you win championships and that’s the best thing I heard yesterday. It’s not the way y’all reported it.”
Irvin spent considerable time after practice talking one-on-one to Bryant, who was impressive in making several tough catches in practice.
“He’s a natural receiver,” Irvin said.
-- Jan Hubbard