Dez Bryant overcame drug dealer mom, child abuse and poverty to be one of Dallas Cowboys’ leading stars

Forward of the Tremendous Bowl between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles, we take a look at some of the NFL's greatest rags to riches tales.

Right here the main target is on Dez Bryant, who overcame a troublesome childhood to play for the Dallas Cowboys.


"Crackheads in my home, potato chips and peanut butter for dinner — my life was s*** all the best way to school," Bryant informed Rolling Stone in 2015.

His grandmother was addicted to crack cocaine.

Because the strain wore on Angela, she would "get mad and take it out on me.

"Hit me with a pipe, threw a automotive amp at me, slashed me throughout the again."

 Dez Bryant's mum was pregnant with him at just 14

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Dez Bryant's mum was pregnant with him at simply 14
 His step-mother would put a padlock on the fridge so he couldn't eat

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His step-mom would put a padlock on the fridge so he couldn't eat

His mom was then arrested and despatched to jail for 18 months for drug dealing, leaving his brother – who was additionally his uncle – to assist increase him.

He would knock on neighbours homes for meals stamps, whereas sharing a small flat with greater than a dozen individuals.

"I'm speaking no less than 15 individuals," says Bryant. "You'd be fortunate in case you had a Scorching Pocket for dinner.

"We used to eat at Salvation Military on the common, when the neighbours couldn't assist us out."

Bryant later moved again in together with his father, 4 siblings, his father's new girlfriend and her three youngsters.

With eight youngsters in the home, his stepmother put a lock on the fridge – Bryant claimed that she would solely feed her youngsters and not Bryant or his siblings (an accusation she denies).

American soccer turned a refuge for the supremely gifted Bryant.

However his abject poverty virtually ended that profession earlier than it began.

 Bryant also had to steal his first set of NFL equipment  as he couldn't afford it himself

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Bryant additionally had to steal his first set of NFL gear  as he couldn't afford it himself

Bryant had gone to check out for an area workforce however was left questioning how he was going to pay for the costly gear.

"I swear on my life, I used to be blessed that day," stated Bryant.

"There was this deserted trailer, and on the stoop outdoors, I seen these shoulder pads and helmet sitting there.

"The craziest s*** was, they really match me. I stole these, man. I stole 'em and I performed."

Forward of the Tremendous Bowl between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles, we take a look at some of the NFL's greatest rags to riches tales.