By DJ Moore
The second game in the season was at the new Jerry World Stadium. I was making my second start after winning the nickelback position, and admittedly, I was a little nervous. After the kick-off, I usually calmed pretty quickly. Soon after the first kick, my first interception happened. Thanks to the Peanut punch, jarring the ball in the air and right into my arms. Just like that my first career INT. The second pick came a little later when a sure-handed Jason Witten missed a catchable pass.
After the game, I gave an interesting post-game interview. Laughing and joking about the interceptions and making comments about the team we just played. I remember making a statement about Jason Witten that I thought was very accurate. I made a remark stating that he seemed scared of the hits, which lead to him missing the ball and allowed me to catch the second interception. I did not think much of the comments, but I learned someone cared very much about them.
This story takes a turn when we returned to practice. I’m sitting around the locker room, enjoying myself when Olen Kreutz approaches me. The first thing they told us as rookies was, please whatever you do don’t mess with Kreutz. Now I look up, and we are standing face to face, and I’m not sure what he wants, but he doesn’t look particularly happy with me. He makes a statement that went something like this. You don’t talk about Jason Witten like that. He’s a veteran and he’s been to Pro Bowls. You don’t talk about him like that. Referring back to me calling him scared to catch the ball due to punishing hits. I sat there, not sure how to take it. I was confused. I had never had a player confront me about talking about a player on an opposing team. I assumed I didn’t have enough years to tell the truth.
This comment was startling, but not enough to make me shut my mouth to opposing players throughout my career. However, I knew that if it were going to come out in the media, then I should prepare myself for another lecture from Kreutz about player etiquette as it relates to Pro Bowl players.
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