Sometimes you have to fight for your respect.
Second-year cornerback Tyler Patmon did that with Dez Bryant at Dallas Cowboys' training camp Sunday and earned the respect of the star wide receiver.
Bryant and Patmon got into a scuffle on the team's second day of wearing full pads. On the final play of team drills, both players' helmets came flying off and Bryant charged toward Patmon, but the cornerback reportedly got a quick punch on Bryant, before the Pro Bowl wideout came back at him, ESPN reported.
The Dallas Morning News captured footage of the skirmish Sunday.
"You don't want somebody weak on your team," Bryant told ESPN afterward. "That's why Patmon, he was undrafted and he's fighting his way. And he's fighting for respect and he got mine. I'll go to war with a guy like that any day of the week."
Bryant added: "At the end of the day he wasn't going to back down and I wasn't going to back down and you seen us: We shook hands, we hugged and we respect one another."
Patmon agreed, adding fighting is a part of training camp sometimes.
"Oh, man, it's just brothers," Patmon said. "Brothers fight. It's just what happens sometimes."
Patmon couldn't ask for a better training camp test trying to cover Bryant, who led the NFL in receiving touchdowns last season with 16.
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(Photo: Paul Moseley/Star-Telegram via AP)