Athletes have stories of winning and losing, of trying to achieve to a level few have experienced.
Sometimes, athletes have stories of redemption.
The Cowboys are hoping defensive end Randy Gregory is just such a story.
He is back after serving multiple suspensions and was asked today if he thought this day might never come.
Gregory said, “If I’m being honest, yeah, I think at my lowest point, I felt that way. Obviously, there was a chance that I would play again if I did the right things, but just looking at everything that was mapped out, as far as what I needed to do and what I had going on in my life at the time, it was hard for me to say that I really thought I was going to be back.”
Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said, “Deep down, he’s a good person, and he’s had these struggles and he’s worked through them, and he’s worked very hard to come back, to give himself a chance to play and be a functioning member of society.”
Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said, “Oh, I see a real man. It’s sad that he’s been… Really, The cards have been tough for him. K, and I see that, and we know that, and that man, I mean, he has grown right in front of us. We see what he’s done and how he prepares himself, and I tell you, it’s special. It’s special.”
Gregory added, “There’s a lot of different things you can do throughout that process to make life easier for yourself, and a lot of those things I was putting in front of myself, you know. I was self-sabotaging.”
The Cowboys are hoping the “self-sabotaging” has ended, and the sacks are beginning.