Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 6/5/12
IRVING, Texas -- Jason Hatcher caused a stir in February when he said on a Dallas radio show that he didn't know who the leaders were in the Cowboys' locker room. During the next couple of months that followed, several Cowboys were asked about the team's leadership and the comments their teammate made on The Ben and Skin Show on 103.3 KESN-FM. During the radio segment, Hatcher said the Cowboys needed a vocal leader like the Baltimore Ravens have in linebacker Ray Lewis. Asked about those comments last Thursday, Hatcher responded that those words were in the past and he wanted to move forward. "That's water under the bridge," Hatcher said. "That happened months ago. It's a new day. I'm tired of kind of speaking about that. We're going in a good direction. I love my teammates. The leaders are the leaders and they're doing a great job." The 29-year-old defensive end took on a larger role in 2011, becoming a starter in Rob Ryan's first year as defensive coordinator. Because of that, Hatcher understands that younger players will be looking to him for advice and he plans to provide it. However, that doesn't mean he's necessarily seeking a leadership role. "I'm going to do my job and I'm going to do it well," Hatcher said. "I'm going to work hard every day. If I become that guy then I become that guy. If I don't, I don't. At the end of the day I'm going to work my butt off, do what I'm supposed to do, be a great locker room guy, a great teammate. If I become a leader I do. If I don't, I don't." Hatcher added: "Leaders don't try to do it. You got to earn respect. You don't just get in the locker room and say something on the radio and become a leader all of a sudden. You got to earn it. Every day I got out there I'm going to earn it. I'm going to go out there and work hard. ... I'm going to be that guy that they can count on. That's all I can give to this team. I think my best is good enough." Follow Jon Machota on Twitter: @jonmachota
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