PLANO, TX - The backlash around the Cowboys signing Greg Hardy is still going strong. The team has faced a lot of criticism for signing the defensive end who’s been embroiled in a domestic violence case involving his ex-girlfriend.
Mayor Mike Rawlings even told the Dallas Morning News that the signing was a “shot in the gut."
Well on Monday, three NFL Legends were on the golf course in Plano, raising money for the Katy Trail, and they all gave their take on the Boys signing “The Kraken."
“He’s here because he’s a pass rusher, no matter what else is said about it,” said former Cowboys QB and Hall of Famer Troy Aikman. “But I’m hopeful that whatever did happen that he’s learned from it and maybe he can be an advocate to create some change.”
“Greg Hardy is going to have to show the City of Dallas that he has changed,” former Cowboys Fullback, Daryl “Moose” Johnston said. “That he now understands what he did and it’s completely unacceptable in today’s society.”
Perhaps most outspoken was Dallas native and recent inductee into the Hall of Fame, Tim Brown.
“I played with the Raiders man, we signed everybody. It’s not a matter of what offense you’ve commit, it’s a matter of how good a football player you are,” said Brown, who has been very outspoken about the NFL’s domestic violence issue in the past.
“The NFL has this thing where yeah they want to punish you, but if you can play ball, they want you to play also and I’m not saying guys shouldn’t get a second chance, because certainly you should get a second chance.”
Well, whether some fans like it or not, the Cowboys are giving him that second chance. Now it’s up to Hardy to prove he deserves it, on and off the field.