Gregory's 'Done Everything Possible;' Cowboys Teammate Heath's Endorsement

Mike Fisher
May 17, 2018 - 7:08 am
Randy Gregory

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FRISCO (105.3 The Fan) - Randy Gregory, a source close to his situation, has "done everything he can possibly do and will continue to do so.'' That effort includes his submission for reinstatement to the NFL and the benefit of full support of those around him, including Dallas Cowboys teammates and coaches.

I asked teammate Jeff Heath to explain what he wrote to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on behalf of Gregory.

"I only know Randy a little bit,'' said Heath while participating in Wedneday's Cowboys charity Home Run Derby in Frisco, "but I've played with him for two years. And I feel I know him well enough to know he has a good heart and that he means well and wants to do right. I feel the best place for him is in the locker-room environment for him is in the locker room with guys who have his best interests at heart. I think that's important for him.''

As I reported on Monday on 105.3 The Fan, this week served as the goal for Gregory's submission to the NFL, a package of paperwork that includes 2,000 pages of evidence of testing (Gregory has passed a series of drug tests, having not failed one since July 2016), of proof of the 12-step-program-type work he's done, and of testimony from leaders in various fields, including football.

The timing of the submission is important; the commissioner has 60 days from the time of the submission to rule -- and Cowboys training camp is scheduled to open, I'm told, on July 25. 
Gregory, obviously, would like to be there.

"I understand that (the application process is) going on,” coach Jason Garrett said on Wednesday. “I’m not the expert in that area. I know he’s worked very hard to get himself in position to put the suspension behind him and get back to work as a football player. He’s worked very hard as a person to improve himself, and we’re excited about the opportunity to get him back.”

Hall-of-Famer Cris Carter, who himself battled a drug problem to become an NFL star, along with teammates like Sean Lee and Tyrone Crawford, are among those who've pitched in with letters to attempt to help Gregory's return to football.

As Heath told me, "I was honored that they asked me to write a letter for him. It was easy to do ... I just said what I thought. Hopefully it works out for him.''