LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Former Lufkin High School football standout Dez Bryant made quite an impression when he crashed a high school homecoming dance the weekend before the Dallas Cowboys demolished the New Orleans Saints.
TMZ.com posted a story about Bryant crashing the dance on its Website early Tuesday morning.
"Dez Bryant is one-upping Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson ... 'cause the Cowboys WR crashed a high school homecoming dance this past weekend ... and the kids went NUTS!!!" the TMZ story stated.
According to the TMZ story, the homecoming dance was being held at the Gaylord Hotel in Grapevine. The story stated that a group of kids were about to leave the dance when a black Bentley pulled up to the hotel.
When the kids realized that the person in the car was none other than Bryant, "they started 'throwing up the X' - Dez's signature celebration,'" and the Dallas Cowboys wide receiver came over to hang out with them, the TMZ article stated.
TMZ talked to a student named Kevin, who said the kids all "freaked out and asked for a picture." The high school student told TMZ that Bryant was very nice and was willing to strike pose after pose until everyone got a picture.
"He was an awesome guy … and extremely kind to all of us," Kevin told TMZ.
On Sunday, the Dallas Cowboys improved their record to 3-1 with the 38-17 win over the New Orleans saints. According to NFL.com, the Cowboys are currently in second place in the NFC East. Even though Bryant was double covered most of the game, he scored on an 18-yard touchdown strike.
So far this year, Bryant has 23 receptions for 291 yards and three touchdowns.
Bryant, who was selected to the Pro Bowl at the end of the 2013-2014 season, is in the middle of his fifth season with the Dallas Cowboys. Last season, he had 93 passes, 1,233 yards, and 13 touchdowns, according to the dallascowboys.com Website.
The Cowboys traded their 27th overall pick along with a third round choice to New England for the 24th overall pick in the first round and a fourth round selection to pick Bryant in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys Website stated. Dallas picked Bryant even though he missed most of his senior season at Oklahoma State.
During his senior season with the Lufkin Panthers, Bryant was named a Parade All American. He caught 53 passes for 1,207 passes and 21 touchdowns that year, according to the dallascowboys.com Website. In addition, ESPN.com ranked him as the 29th best overall high school football player, the Dallas Cowboys Web page stated.