Jay Novacek: Issues that plagued Dez Bryant in the past are gone now

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The Dallas Cowboys star wide receiver Dez Bryant had a solid season and many are seeing him mature before their eyes. One of those people is former Cowboys tight end Jay Novacek, who Bryant approached about mentoring him, and he says those off-field issues that plagued Bryant in the past are long gone.

“First of all I’m very, very big that the game is not 50 percent mental, 50 percent physical,’’ Novacek said, via the Dallas Morning News. “The game is not 80 percent mental and 20 percent physical.

“The game is 100 percent mental. You’ve got to be able to mentally control things in all parts of your life.

“I think that’s what he’s done more than anything. The things that have plagued him in the past are gone now. Whether it was his fault or someone else’s fault or the situation, whatever it was, they’re past him and he’s able to be able to say, ‘you know, life is good. Life is all-right. Things are going to happen. I’m going to get over that and I’m going to go out and play the game.’

“I think that has allowed him to really free up mentally and concentrate more or where I need to be and when I need to be there.’’