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June 07, 2012

Bryant says fellow OSU ex Justin Blackmon will get past his troubles, but has to learn lesson

Dez Bryant said Justin Blackmon is going to get through his off-the-field troubles, but that he must learn to handle the transition from college to the NFL.

“It’s a lesson he’s going to have to learn,” Bryant said Wednesday at Valley Ranch, the same day Blackmon spoke at a news conference in Jacksonville. “He’s going to get through it. I know he is, just because of the type of guy he is. I wish the best for him. He’s going to come through, bounce back, and do what he needs to do.”

Blackmon, taken by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the fifth pick in the NFL draft this spring, was arrested after a traffic stop over the weekend in Stillwater, Okla. Police say a breath test showed his blood alcohol content to be three times the legal limit.

Blackmon, 22, and Bryant, 23, both played at Oklahoma State, and Bryant had his own troubles going from college to the NFL. Bryant said he has gotten past his own mistakes, including a reported spate of unpaid bills at a jewelry store, but that it is not easy to make the adjustment to a pro lifestyle.

“I feel like things are overwhelming coming straight out of college,” he said. “Trusting someone, seeing who has your best interests. It comes with all of that. When you’re a young guy, and decision-making and what you do, some guys make the right decisions. Some guys make the wrong decisions. And when you make the wrong decision, it’s your choice whether you want to learn from it or not. Making the transition to the NFL is kind of hard, but I feel like, for the most part, people get through it.”

Bryant said he has not yet talked to Blackmon, but that he will check on him soon.

“He is a great guy. If you knew him, you would be like – I can’t believe it,” Bryant said.

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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