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John Rohde: Dez Bryant will pay for lie

By John Rohde Modified: October 8, 2009 at 7:38 am •  Published: October 8, 2009

/> It’s possible, but hardly conceivable.

My guess, Bryant is done at OSU.

Next stop is the NFL, where Bryant will still make millions of dollars, but several million less at the outset.

What a waste of his final college season.

Bryant is all about football. If he’s not playing it on the field, he’s playing it on video games.

It’s all he’s got. It’s his future, and with good reason.

When properly focused on the football field, Bryant can do anything to anyone.

He can beat you long, beat you short, beat you to the flag, beat you to the post, beat you over the middle, beat you to a jump ball, beat you on a return, beat you to the end zone.

Bryant is so hyped, he often becomes dehydrated during pre-game warm-ups.

Bryant was the guy on the sideline waving a white towel in support of teammates last season against Missouri State, despite not catching a single pass in the game.

He’s the one who frequently leaps into the stands to be with his fans.

Though he was not in uniform for OSU’s last game, Bryant still led the team out of the tunnel and onto the field against Grambling State.

Wednesday’s dismissal makes you wonder if Bryant actually was held out of that game because of a lie, and not because of a bad hamstring.

Bryant is the heart of this team, the most important muscle.

The Cowboys already were hurting physically. Bryant’s departure figures to hurt them emotionally.

Saturday’s game at Texas A&M now carries a much heavier burden.

Even with Bryant in the lineup, winning at Kyle Field was not a given.

Under these circumstances, beating a team widely considered to be the worst in the Big 12 South might qualify as an upset for OSU.

Lose Saturday, and the Cowboys take one giant leap toward the division cellar.

OSU was ranked in the preseason Top 10 poll for the first time in school history and now faces a season on the brink of disaster.

And that, Dez Bryant, is the painful truth.

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