Bryant fuelled by fans dislike towards his team.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has revealed he is stepping up his efforts in the off season, and is motivated by the public dislike of his team.
“I feel like the greatest thing about being on the Cowboys [is] people love to hate the Cowboys,” he said as reported by the Dallas Morning News.
“That makes you work 10 times harder. They put the big target on us or whatever, and speaking for myself, it doesn’t bother me. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t bother a lot of guys.
“They like that kind of pressure. It makes us want to work hard and makes you want to do what you want to do to get to that big game,” he concluded.
Bryant has been in confident mood over the past week, claiming that he can gain 2,000 yards and score 20 touchdowns in the new season.
Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson set a new NFL record with 1,964 receiving yards last season, but Bryant feels he can cut short his time at the top of the leader board and surpass Megatron’s feat.
With the off-season workouts under-way, Bryant says a lot of his confidence is down to his team-mates, and he is certain that the Cowboys will perform well in the new campaign.
The 24-year-old had surgery on a finger injury following the conclusion of last season, and is reportedly struggling with a lower back injury too.
However, that has failed to dampen his spirits ahead of what he believes will be a record breaking year on a personal level. Bryant is coming off the back of a strong season in 2012, in which he gained 1,382 yards and scored 12 touchdowns.
However, despite the impressive numbers, it is a fairly optimistic prediction to suggest that a 2,000 yard and 20 touchdown season is within his reach next year even with the hatred of the Cowboys urging him on.