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Dez Bryant throws barbecue party for 3K in Texas hometown

Dez Bryant signs a football at Kit McConnico Park in Lufkin, Texas, Thursday, July 20, 2017. The Dallas Cowboys' wide receiver returned to his East Texas hometown to thank supporters with a free barbecue that drew several thousand fans to the park. (Cara Campbell/The Lufkin News via AP)/The Daily News via AP)

LUFKIN, Texas (AP) -- Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant returned to his East Texas hometown to thank supporters with free barbecue that drew several thousand fans to a park.

Bryant was in Lufkin on Thursday afternoon for the outdoor event that included games and a chance to meet the NFL star as temperatures reached the 90s. Lufkin police spokeswoman Jessica Pebsworth (PEBS'-worth) on Friday estimated the crowd at about 3,000 and said two people were treated for heat exhaustion.

Pebsworth says everyone was excited to see Bryant and he was a great host.

Bryant says he decided a couple of days earlier to throw the catered event in Lufkin, a city of about 36,000 located 110 miles (177 kilometers) northeast of Houston.

The Cowboys open camp next week in Oxnard, California.

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