NBA legend Michael Jordan had four words for Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant when he met him for the first time in February at the NBA all-star game in Houston: stay out of trouble.
Bryant, who recently signed an endorsement deal with the Jordan Brand, plans to oblige.
"Whenever you represent a guy like Michael Jordan you got to be right," Bryant said. "I don't know one guy who doesn't admire him. It's very rare to be a part of that group (a Jordan Brand athlete endorser). Just to be blessed to be part of that group means a lot to me. Before I was even signed to the brand all I rocked were Jordans. I'm blessed to be part of that. I'm going to stay focused and do my job and hold myself accountable with my actions."
Bryant recalled meeting Jordan for the first time at his birthday party and being nervous before getting a stern edict from his idol.
"The only thing he told me was "stay out of trouble", Bryant said. "Hearing it from him, he is a strong voice. His opinion matters. It just adds fuel to trying to do things great at all times, that’s something you don’t want to mess up. Now, I do pay attention to that, just because of the fact of who he is and what he is about. Everybody knows Michael Jordan is about his business, so that makes you want to be about yours.”