Following the Dallas Cowboys’ lifeless Thanksgiving Day loss to the Buffalo Bills, screaming could be heard coming from inside the Cowboys’ locker room shortly after the game.
It was later revealed that the player yelling was defensive lineman Michael Bennett, who just came over via trade with the New England Patriots last month.
While Cowboys players would not disclose what Bennett was saying, Bennett himself divulged his message:
“The champions are the people that get remembered,” Bennett said according to Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News. “They don’t remember who got the biggest contract. A whole bunch of great players got great contracts, but they don’t get remembered as champions. Champions are the ones who get the gold plates and the jackets and they understand what it takes to win. That’s just a certain mind-set. That’s just a certain ability to play tough in adverse moments.”
Dallas fell to 6-6 with the loss, and if the Philadelphia Eagles defeat the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, they will draw into a tie with the Cowboys for first place in the NFC East.
“Every opportunity is in front of us, but it’s just on us to capitalize,” added Bennett. “To win, you’ve got to sacrifice a lot. It’s going to hurt. It’s painful. You play through injury, but you do it because you have to. To win that championship, to win that [Vince] Lombardi [Trophy], there’s no feeling like that. And that takes a lot.”
Considering that Bennett played in two Super Bowls and won one during his time with the Seattle Seahawks, he knows what it takes to get the job done, so he was trying to spread that message to his relatively new teammates on Thanksgiving.
It remains to be seen if Dallas actually absorbs it.