The Dallas Cowboys certainly haven't bowed to public pressure in their pursuit to improve their roster this NFL offseason.
As if allowing Offensive Player of the Year DeMarco Murray to leave wasn't enough, additions such as Greg Hardy, La'el Collins and Randy Gregory have proven Jerry Jones and co are willing to take a gamble to achieve their Super Bowl ambitions.
Offering a hand
Those signings, though, have brought with them much scrutiny due to respective off-field red flags. Perhaps that is why Dallas Cowboys legend Michael Irvin has today offered one of them some advice they would be wise to take on board.
Michael Irvin endured his own off-field issues during a stellar career with the Cowboys, and, in speaking with the Star-Telegram, the Hall of Fame wide receiver believes he can help Dallas' second round draft pick Randy Gregory move on from his own troubled past:
"Guys seem more comfortable talking to a guy who had situations himself," Irvin explains. "There is no indictment from me. I had my problems. Randy knows I'm saying it from the right place. The kind has been sincere. But imagine what it is going to be like when you are on top again. You can be an inspiration for millions of kids who made mistakes. They can say 'Randy did it. I can too."
Turning things around
Irvin was arrested on a number of occasions as he bid to make it big in the NFL, and was suspended for over a quarter of the 1996 season. Randy Gregory meanwhile joins up with the Cowboys having already failed three tests for marijuana in his football career, and with red flags having warned off several of Dallas' draft rivals.
The Cowboys then will be grateful that one of their all-time great players is willing to help them build a support system that will hopefully allow Gregory to thrive:
"I try to build relationships with all the guys and say I'm here as resource...I'm a firm believer that the game of football saves lives. It saved my life. There is no telling where these guys would end up."
Gregory, one of the class of 2015's top rated defensive ends, has the talent to become a new star of the franchise in years to come.
Since being selected by the team the 22-year-old has talked the talk with regards to maturing and focusing on his game. With the Cowboys adding such a high profile mentor to the situation there is certainly a good chance the gamble pays off.
The Nebraska alumni will be hoping to play his part in a 2015 season that has huge potential for the Dallas Cowboys. An imposing offensive line has only gotten better with offseason moves, while Jones and co have done their best to improve the team's defensive qualities as they bid to challenge for the Super Bowl.
Cowboys fans: Will Randy Gregory be successful in Dallas, or have the Cowboys taken too many risks this offseason? Have your say in the comments section below...
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