Sunday Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory took part in his first full practice since returning from a very long drug suspension.
Monday he spoke to the media for the first time at training camp as to how he’s fought an uphill battle to overcome subsance abuse, and return to the NFL.
The Cowboys are hoping Gregory is another story of redemption.
Gregory was reinstated last month after serving multiple suspensions and was asked Monday if he thought this day might never come.
“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,” explained Gregory.
“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,” said Dallas head coach Jason Garrett.
“I see a real man. It’s sad that he’s been, really, the cards have been tough for him. 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,” said Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli.
“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,” added Gregory.
The Cowboys are hoping the “self-sabotaging” has ended and the sacks are beginning.