Sportress of Blogitude

Dez Bryant meets Spelling Bee champ who mimicked TD celebration


Nihar Janga, the 11-year-old co-champion of this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee, paid a visit on Wednesday to the Dallas Cowboys practice facilities. And Dez Bryant was left quite impressed by the youngster who mimicked him by throwing up the “X” following the spelling bee competition.

“That little kid made my day,” Bryant said of Janga, via Pro Football Talk. “Extremely smart. Outstanding. You can tell he’s an extremely hard worker. That’s all he talked about, how he practiced, how him and his mom just sat down and looked up all those words out of the dictionary and studied them. It just shows you how great he is,” Bryant said.

When the Cowboys wideout originally found out about Janga’s doing the “X,” he gave the co-champ a shout out on Twitter.

Several members of the Cowboys organization clearly were left impressed with Janga, including head coach Jason Garrett, who praised the young man for his work ethic.

But in the end, the highlight of the day for Janga obviously was meeting Bryant, who is the youngster’s favorite player “because he doesn’t give up on anything.”

Bryant was left humbled by the praise.

“It means everything to me. For a kid to tell me that, that is everything,” he said. “It only makes you want to work harder. Those are people you try your best not to let down. I was speechless.”