With Week 5 in the NFL, a bunch of old friends will be making their 2015 debut on the football field. Among those returning from suspension is Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Greg Hardy, who has missed every game since the beginning of last season with the Carolina Panthers over a domestic violence incident.
“In the last two seasons, it’s been a blur,” said Hardy when asked about his return to the game. “Now that I’m back, I don’t reminisce. I don’t look back. I need to get to progress. I hope I come out guns blazing…I’m very excited to get out there and see what I can do.”
Hardy isn’t coming back into the best situation in Dallas. Tony Romo and Dez Bryant are both out for multiple more weeks, Lance Dunbar now has a torn ACL, Sean Lee is concussed, and the team as a whole just can’t seem to catch a break.
Despite all the issues, and the reports of locker room altercations with teammates when he originally arrived in Texas, Hardy wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
“I hope it lasts 12 years,” said Hardy when reminded that he only has 12 games left on his contract with the Cowboys. “I feel like this is the most awesome period of my life. I’m a Dallas Cowboy.”
That’s not an easy gig to land, and it’s definitely not something to take for granted. After all, Terrell Owens has been trying to say that again since he left the team.
Nonetheless, Hardy will be tested right off the bat when the Cowboys meet the New England Patriots and Tom Brady this Sunday. Surprisingly, Hardy isn’t worried about the rust a normal player would have after sitting out 19 games.
In fact, when asked how he sees the upcoming return against Brady, Hardy touted back, “The same way I did last time I saw him, hopefully on the ground.”
But sacking Brady isn’t the only thing Hardy likes about the reigning Super Bowl MVP.
“I love seeing Tom Brady. You seen his wife? I hope she comes to the game. I hope her sister comes to the game.”
If Hardy’s history with women is an indicator, Brady should probably warn Gisele and her siblings to keep her distance.