After the well-known meeting during the Dallas Cowboys’ rookie camp, former and current No.88 wearers, Michael Irvin and Dez Bryant re-met publicly only in reports. However, according to someone who witnessed the scene, Irvin actually invited Bryant to his house for private conversation for several times.
Since Dez was given the number 88 that was previously on Michael Irvin jersey during the 1990s, there has been a lot of comparison on the two receivers. And after a brief visit to the Cowboys rookie camp, Irvin seemed to have a great impression on the rookie receiver. Irvin had his first conversation with Bryant during the camp and later told reporters that Bryant was a humble man with great potentials and he wished the rookie to be an even better wide receiver than he was.
According to the source, a few days later Bryant received a call from Irvin, who invited him for a dinner. With respects to the former legendary receiver, Bryant happily accepted the invitation and visited Irvin on a Saturday night. The second conversation seemed to help set up a solid friendship between the Pro football Hall of Famer and Cowboys rookie receiver, and more invitations were made by one of them to the other since then.