Does Dez Bryant have a shot at rookie of the year?
Yes absolutely. I think he should be the frontrunner at this point. He's been playing well while Sam Bradford has been struggling the last few games. The only other obvious candidate it's Ndamukong Suh and the NFL rarely gives rookie of the year to a defensive player. I think Bryant is going to make a strong case for rookie of the year with an impressive end to this season.
Does Dez Bryant deserve a pat on the back for saying no to stupid hazing rituals?
People who have a problem with him for not participating in a hazing ritual are mindless idiots just like the guy above who senselessly ranted about being part of a team and tradition. Yeah because the Cowboys are the first team he's be on, I'm sure.
Keeping his head down, staying out of trouble and working hard should be enough.