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Fullback James Bryant still fighting for Detroit Lions roster spot

Published: Wednesday, August 15, 2012, 5:15 AM     Updated: Wednesday, August 15, 2012, 12:01 PM
By Anwar S. Richardson |

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ALLEN PARK — Detroit Lions fullback James Bryant is still standing.

Such a simplistic statement, but yet, very impressive when you consider his lack of college and professional football experience. Bryant is still on a NFL roster despite have brief stints at the University of Miami, arena football leagues, and a CFL practice squad.

While many skeptics thought Bryant would never make it to training camp, he played in last week’s preseason game against Cleveland. He is also expected to play against the Baltimore Ravens on Friday.

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Detroit Lions Sleepers to Watch in Training Camp

By Dean Holden (Featured Columnist) on August 5, 201

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Okay, so the Lions don’t need a fullback, right? The NFL has moved beyond the age of the fullback.

Well, yeah, that’s true… but Bryant is actually performing very well in the blocking fullback role, and his emergence has the Lions running plays out of—get this—the classic “I” formation.

In many ways, the “I” is a relic of a bygone era, buried in a time when victory depends on putting as many receiving targets as possible on the field and letting the quarterback sling it all over the place.

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Detroit Lions 2012 training camp battles: Will Heller vs. James Bryant

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Published: Friday, July 13, 2012, 10:00 AM
By Justin Rogers
The Detroit Lions didn’t carry a fullback on the roster last season, but the team made the curious decision to add relative unknown James Bryant this offseason. 

Bryant is listed at 6-foot-3, 257 pounds and looks like an out-of-place defensive end working with the Lions’ running backs during OTA and minicamp practices.

With continuity across the coaching staff, the Lions are not poised to overhaul their offensive philosophy. That leaves Bryant — a long shot to break camp with the team — in a situation where he’ll need to beat out player at another position. That player would most likely be Will Heller.

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FB James Bryant simply wants to open up holes for Lions’ tailbacks

Posted May 16, 2012
Tim Twentyman


The Lions signed free agent fullback

James Bryant, a former arena football league player, BC Lions (Canadian Football League) practice squad participant and boxer earlier this offseason.Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan doesn’t typically use a traditional fullback in his scheme and head coach Jim Schwartz called Bryant “one of those offseason projects” following his signing.


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8 Detroit Lions No One Is Talking About, but Should Be

James Bryant

By Chris Madden
(Featured Columnist) on May 17, 2012

7. James Bryant, FB

I suppose no one is talking about James Bryant for two reasons:

1. There is very little use for a fullback in the Lions’ offense. Last season, Will Heller, who is primarily a tight end, filled in at the position when needed.

2. Bryant is a long shot to make the active roster. Why talk about someone who probably won’t be here when the season starts?


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6. Jonte Green, CB

Jonte Green was drafted by the Lions in the sixth round of this year’s draft. He’s one of a trio of rookie cornerbacks that will vie for playing time this season in Detroit’s depleted secondary.

Of those three players, Green has received the least fanfare.




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Introducing Detroit Lions fullback James Bryant: Conclusion

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2012, 3:00 PM
By Anwar S. Richardson |

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The Detroit Lions recently signed James Bryant to play fullback this season. Bryant is a mystery man to most NFL fans. He played for two different colleges, was undrafted, tried his hand in professional boxing, played arena football and was on a CFL practice squad. However, Bryant was Detroit’s second signing this offseason after receiver Calvin Johnson. Bryant’s life is an amazing story. Here is the conclusion of four stories on

“This opportunity shows there is more than just a higher power. This just doesn’t happen. My goal is to get to training camp. My goal is to get to a position where I can put on a helmet and shoulder pads. I haven’t had a chance to be on an NFL team and have the chaos become chaotic.” — James Bryant.

James Bryant had a taste of football success with the BC Lions in 2011, but his NFL hunger was not satisfied.

Bryant had been everywhere in life, but went back to the University of Miami, where it all began.

He flew down from Pennsylvania to Miami and showed up unannounced at Andreu Swasey’s office in January. Swasey is the head strength and conditioning coach for the Hurricanes. He was Bryant’s last hope.

“I said, ‘Coach, this is my last go around for making a run at the NFL before I end up accepting the fact that I might be a CFL guy,” Bryant said. “I want you to help get my body in shape and put myself in the position to go to the next level. He said, ‘You know what, James?’ Be here tomorrow at 11:30 a.m., and we’ll go to work like we’ve gone to work every time you’ve stepped on this field. That’s what I did.

“Definitely hats off to him and the University of Miami for allowing alumni to come back and fight for what they believe in. That’s how it all started. Going down there on January 3, seeing coach Swasey on January 4, weighing in on the 5th at 275 pounds, and allowing me to participate in Pro Day at U.M.”

Swasey helped Bryant (6-foot-3) to sculpt his body into 250 pounds of solid muscle. Miami’s Pro Day was on March 7. It was Bryant’s last shot.

More like a long shot.

The Detroit Lions sent running backs coach Sam Gash to Miami’s Pro Day. His job was to scout college players Detroit was interested in.

Bryant caught Gash’s attention during the workouts, and never let go.

“Another former coach of mine, Tommie Robinson (former Hurricanes and current Arizona Cardinals running backs coach), was there,” Bryant said. “He actually sold me to Sam Gash. He told Sam Gash what I did when I was at the University of Miami, the things he believed in when I was there as a fullback, the things I bring to the table as a fullback, even in a spread offense because of my athletic ability, and the fact that I don’t care what’s in front of me.

“If there is somebody behind me with the ball, and I need to move somebody in front of me, I’m going to figure out a way how to move him.”

Gash was instantly moved by Bryant.

He went back to Detroit and told coaches and management about Bryant’s potential. Gash shared with them Bryant’s story. He expressed why taking a risk on Bryant might pay off.

Bryant received a call from the Detroit Lions one week later. Detroit’s front office was finishing up the details on receiver Calvin Johnson’s eight-year extension worth $132 million. His contract was next.

“Detroit said they were interested in playing me at the fullback and the H-back, position,” Bryant said. “I told coach it doesn’t matter. If you ask me to jump, I’m going to say how high. If you need me to cut the grass, I’m going to ask you what time. Whatever they want me to play, I’ll play. Whatever they want me to do, I’ll do.

“At the end of the say, football is going to be football to me. It doesn’t matter what position I got to play. I’m going to bring my physicality to the game every time, whether I’m on offense or defense. I’m looking to punish somebody and that’s what I’m going to do. Whatever position they ask me to play, I’m going to play and give it 110 percent and try to demolish somebody in the meantime.”

His signing came as a shock to most NFL observers.

Neil McEvoy, BC Lions Player Personnel Coordinator/Assistant to the General Manager, was not surprised.

“They are able to see the same things we did,” McEvoy said. “He has so much potential because of his athletic ability. If they project him as a special teams player, I believe he will have the opportunity to succeed because of his his size and the fact he runs really well.

“He shows you things that you just can’t teach to a lot of football players. As a special teams player, I think he’ll be a great asset. I’m not surprised.”

Bryant has a lot to overcome when he reports for voluntary offseason workouts with the Detroit Lions on April 16.

Detroit’s high-powered offense does not feature a fullback. Bryant will have to show coaches why he needs to be written in their offense. He also must master the playbook before the organization trusts him to protect Matthew Stafford, its franchise quarterback — see what happened when rookie fullback Chris Gronkowski missed a block trying to protect Dallas’ Tony Romo, which resulted in season-ending injury two years ago.

“They definitely told me that (team did not use fullbacks), but at the same time, they had to develop their offense that way because they haven’t had a true fullback, from my understanding,” Bryant said. “Coach Gash has been looking for a guy who has the things he had when he was playing. A guy that hungry. A guy that was going to come in the hole and create space for the running back.

“A guy not looking for handouts. A guy not looking for crutches, but looking to do the behind the scenes work, and that’s the clean up job. A guy to come in there, create holes, create space so running backs can do what they get paid to do, which is run the ball.”

Bryant may or may not make this year’s team. He could be released at anytime. There is a possibility he never comes out the Ford Field tunnel on game day.

Despite the long odds, Bryant has never given up on his NFL dream.

Anything else he achieves only adds to that success.

“I don’t think everything has really clicked for me,” Bryant said. “I’m not going to sit here and say that this was supposed to happen, but it was supposed to happen. Now it’s time for me to do what I’ve been prepared to do over the last three years. All the things and adversity that have been in my way have prepared me for this moment right now. That’s why I’m not saying, ‘Oh my God, I signed a contract. Let’s go crazy.’ No.

“At the end of the day, I still have to make this 53-man roster. I am overzealous about the opportunity that has come my way, but at the same time, through prayer, hard work, dedication, persistence and diligence, that is why I am where I am right now. It was a great day to sign with Detroit, but this a small piece of the puzzle. I’m not surprised at all. I’m excited and ready. This is what I’ve been waiting for. I can’t even explain it.”

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Introducing Detroit Lions fullback James Bryant: Part III

Published: Friday, March 23, 2012, 2:15 PM     Updated: Friday, March 23, 2012, 2:26 PM
By Anwar S. Richardson |

James Bryant

The Detroit Lions recently signed James Bryant to play fullback this season. Bryant is a mystery man to most NFL fans. He played for two different colleges, was undrafted, tried his hand in professional boxing, played arena football and was on a CFL practice squad. However, Bryant was Detroit’s second signing this offseason after receiver Calvin Johnson. Bryant’s life is an amazing story. Here is Part III of IV stories on

“God does things for a reason. I’ll never question again why my life has been the way it has been because he meant it to be that way.” — James Bryant.

James Bryant’s boxing career was over when Anthony Reddick called him.

Bryant and Reddick were teammates at the University of Miami. Reddick was a defensive back that left school early for the NFL Draft, but was not selected in 2009. He was invited to the Chicago Bears rookie minicamp, but released. Reddick eventually participated in an open tryout for the BC Lions (CFL) in 2010, and was signed.

He believed Bryant could have similar success during the Lions’ open tryouts in 2011.

“Once he told me about it, I told him I would be there. Let them know,” Bryant said. “I called the BC Lions and told them I was going to workout. I flew from Pennsylvania down to Miami and worked out. I speed trained for two weeks straight on my own. No days off.”

Bryant may have been solo, but Reddick was in his corner.

“We have tryouts throughout the country in selective locations,” said Neil McEvoy, BC Lions Player Personnel Coordinator/Assistant to the General Manager. “Anthony was probably the one who first told us about him. He said we should give him a look, but we were not really sure where he could play.”

McEvoy soon realized he had a good problem to solve.

Despite weighing 275 pounds, Bryant ran the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds. He shocked scouts with his speed and strength. Bryant was too good not to sign.

Three days after his tryout in Fort Lauderdale, Bryant signed with the BC Lions.

“We felt like he could be a rush end for us because of his athletic ability,” McEvoy said. “He was very raw, but very athletic. That is what we liked about him.

“Athletically, he is outstanding. For his size and his energy level, he runs around all the time. We felt like he would be a great special teams player up here.”

McEvoy participated in the Lions’ three-week training camp. Coaches were impressed with his athletic talent, but CFL teams are only allowed to carry 42 players on its roster. Of that number, only 22 can be Americans.

Considering three quarterbacks are traditionally American, that leaves 19 players from the United States and 20 Canadians.

Bryant (6-foot-3 and 257 pounds) was released after training camp, but signed to the team’s practice squad. His job was to develop into a defensive tackle/defensive end.

“He brought our level of competition in practice everyday up to the professional level because he goes 110 percent every snap,” McEvoy said. “Athletically, he is just outstanding. You really have to deal with a guy like that in practice.”

Practice squad was not Bryant’s ultimate goal, but he was happy.

“I was on the practice squad the whole year and appreciative the entire time,” Bryant said. “I had veterans in front of me who had been through the (NFL) and in the CFL for five, six, seven, eight and nine years. The five defensive lineman that were Americans and played averaged 30 years of experience. How do you bring a guy in that has never played defensive tackle, never played defensive end, and start him over a guy like that?

James Bryant CFLView full sizePhoto by Kyle Clapham/BC Lions.James Bryant was a defensive tackle for the BC Lions in 2011.

“You can’t just come in and play. I never played defensive tackle. I never played the three-technique. Never been a nose tackle until I got to the BC Lions. I respect that. They asked me to do things at practice. I did what they asked me to do. I was the only guy they kept the whole year. They bought in a whole bunch of rookies. They kept me. They were loyal to me because I did everything they asked me to do.”

Bryant no longer was the poster boy for high school standouts who flopped in college. He was past those disappointments at the University of Miami and Louisville. Nobody could say he was just an arena football player hanging on to former glory. There was no need to professionally box for money anymore.

Finally, Bryant’s football dream had a home.

Even if the home was small.

Bryant was released by the BC Lions two games before its season concluded. The team needed depth due to injuries at other positions. Bryant would likely return in 2012 and compete for a roster spot, making this setback different from the others.

“I’m not going to say coach this isn’t fair,” Bryant said. “That’s not me because I loved playing for the BC Lions. I loved being in Vancouver. If things didn’t work or happen for me in the NFL, I would have no problem going back to Canada to play football, but it needed to be in Vancouver.

“I didn’t want to play anywhere else. That’s how strong my roots were. That’s how much of a family relationship, development, I had there. It was a great experience. They allowed me to give myself hope that I could still play football.”

Tomorrow (Conclusion): Detroit Lions give Bryant chance at the NFL

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Introducing Detroit Lions fullback James Bryant: Part II

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2012, 6:20 PM     Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2012, 6:42 PM
By Anwar S. Richardson |

James Bryant

The Detroit Lions recently signed James Bryant to play fullback this season. Bryant is a mystery man to most NFL fans. He played for two different colleges, was undrafted, tried his hand in professional boxing, played arena football and was on a CFL practice squad. However, Bryant was Detroit’s second signing this offseason after receiver Calvin Johnson. Bryant’s life is an amazing story. Here is Part II of IV stories on

“Being a boxer allowed me to grow into a young man beyond the beliefs I would have had if I just played football,” — James Bryant.

James Bryant was on Facebook in June 2009 when he saw a unique request.

It was not FarmVille. No Mafia Wars solicitation. Bryant did not receive a friend request from his high school sweetheart.

It was an unsolicited e-mail from The Heavyweight Factory in Hollywood, Florida. The organization’s goal was to turn football players into boxers. They followed Bryant’s football journey for several years. With football out of Bryant’s life, they believed boxing would be his perfect substitute.

“They told me if things don’t work out in football, we want you to come down (from Pennsylvania) and train,” Bryant said. “They asked around about me. They told me that if anybody was going to be a football player, come into the boxing world and make a name for himself, it would be. You’re a hard worker, you’re down to earth, in tune with the people, and you like to put on a show.

“You’re a fighter. Whether it’s boxing, football or basketball, you’re a fighter.”

Bryant had plenty of fights, but believed battling on the gridiron was his destiny.

He decided to play for the Reading Express, an American Football League Association team in his Pennsylvania hometown. Bryant joined his older brother, Sam, on the team. James played linebacker. Sam was a defensive back. Their squad eventually won the AFLA Championship on July 26, 2009.

James finally had football success, even if it was in a league with teams such as the Erie RiverRats, Harrisburg Stampede, Florence Phantoms and D.C. Armor. Nevertheless, the NFL remained uninterested in his skills. He was unemployed and needed money.

“I was thinking, ‘What am I going to do now?’,” Bryant said. “I can’t work a 9-to-5 because when will I train for me to be in a position to go back to the NFL, or go to a Pro Day. I was like, ‘let’s go box.’

“You’re going to train all day. You’re going to be around great fighters that everybody watched when you were a child. Do it.”

Bryant’s trainer was former heavyweight champion Michael Moorer, who retired with a 52-4 record in 2008. His job was to take Bryant’s raw athletic abilities and convert them into boxing skills.

“He was very green,” Moorer said. “Green meaning he didn’t know much about boxing. He knew how to fight, but as far as training was concerned to become a boxer, he didn’t have that. He was the type of guy that asked questions. He watched other people. He watched how it was done, the art of how it was done, and he tried it.

“He was the type of guy that would go home and analyze. As far as analyzing it, he would do it over and over again to perfect it. James wanted to be the master of his game. It benefited him because he was that type of guy that.”

Bryant’s first fight was against Roy Boykins on February 16, 2010, which he won by a first round knockout Two months later, Bryant recorded a first round technical knockout victory against Andrew Maxwell.

Then the biggest fight occurred.

Bryant’s mom found out he was boxing.

She told him to quit.

“I fought two fights before my mom knew I was fighting,” Bryant said. “I’m the baby of six. I’m your typical momma’s boy. Whatever she asks me to do, I do. We had a long conversation after I went home after my third fight (first round knockout against Lujan Henderson in June 2010).

“I told her as soon as I could get an opportunity to stop boxing, I would stop.”

Shortly after that conversation, Jay Gruden, brother of former NFL coach Jon Gruden, contacted Bryant and wanted him to tryout for the Florida Tuskers (United Football League). Bryant’s tryout went well, but Gruden wanted him to have more football experience. Gruden arranged for Bryant to join the Orlando Predators, a team he coached for several years.

Bryant joined the Predators midway through the AFL season, but had an instant impact on defense. He played in five games, had 39 tackles and three sacks while playing linebacker and fullback. Bryant recorded six tackles, one sack and an onside kick return for a touchdown in a game against the Tampa Bay Storm.

However, Bryant was still under his boxing contract.

Bryant’s football season ended on a Saturday. He flew to Miami on Sunday. Weighed in for a fight against Jayce Monroe on Monday. Lost by split decision on Tuesday.

“I wasn’t in boxing shape and that’s how I lost,” Bryant said. “It wasn’t like I got knocked out. I was out of shape. That was the first time in my head that I said, ‘James, either you’re going to play football or you’re going to box. Since your mom wants you to play football and doesn’t want you to box, you got to figure out a way to get onto the field.’

“Playing in the AFL was the next best thing at the time. I made it a point that I was going to do that. My promoters and management, we didn’t see eye to eye. They wanted me to be a fighter, but at the end of the day, I’m a football player who was a really good fighter.”

Bryant re-signed with the Orlando Predators shortly after his first loss. He had one more fight remaining on his contract. Bryant informed his promoters it was his last bout. According to Bryant, they were not happy.

Despite their differences, Bryant defeated Dieuly Aristilde by a fourth-round technical knockout on October 19, 2010. Bryant finished his professional boxing career with a 4-1 record. All four wins were by knockout.

It was time to focus on football.

“His work ethic was phenomenal,” Moorer said. “As far as me saying he would have been a champion, I don’t say stuff like that until it’s actually done. I won’t say it because he’s a friend. I’m not going to say he would have been a champion. I don’t know that. If he would have progressed in boxing, I don’t know if he would have been a champion or not.

“He learned quick and the man could punch. If he was in the ring with somebody sparring, he was such a hard puncher. He was a specimen. He always was in great condition. He worked overtime by doing his training, his weightlifting, his running, and that’s makes you good. James was a man that put everything he had, blood, sweat, and tears, into boxing. He put that into it and became a boxer and fighter.”

Tomorrow (Part III): Bryant receives chance in CFL

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Introducing Detroit Lions fullback James Bryant: Part I

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 4:30 PM     Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 6:59 PM
By Anwar S. Richardson |

The Detroit Lions recently signed James Bryant to play fullback this season. Bryant is a mystery man to most NFL fans. He played for two different colleges, was undrafted, tried his hand in professional boxing, played arena football and was on the CFL practice squad. However, Bryant was Detroit’s second signing this offseason after receiver Calvin Johnson. Bryant’s life is an amazing story. Here is Part I of IV stories on

James and Sam Bryant

“I’m the mystery man, but that will all change as soon as I get a chance to get on the field and do what I love to do, which is run around and hit people.” — James Bryant

Sam Bryant treated James, his younger brother, like most older siblings would.

He never made life easy.

“I used to run from him,” Sam Bryant said. “I used to tell my mom, I was going to the park, and she would say to take your brother. I’d say, okay, and leave him at home.”

The elder Bryant’s goal was not to abandon James, youngest of six siblings. He wanted his brother to learn how important it was to go after his goals at an early age. James needed to learn that nobody should ever stand between him and his desires.

Sam was building character.

When Sam began playing football at Reading High School in Pennsylvania, there was one test that defined the man James would eventually become.

“The big thing for me is I knew he was going to be good once he got to high school,” Sam said. “All he ever wanted to do was to be better than me. I always had to do something extra, so he had something to fight for. He fought all the time to be better me.

“I was in 10th or 11th grade, and we had to go to the weight room in the morning. It was summertime, and the weight room was open at 8 a.m. He told me, ‘Can you wake me up in the morning. I want to go to the weight room with you.’ I told him to set your alarm and get up, because at this time, we didn’t share rooms anymore.

“When 8 a.m. came, I got up and left him at the house.”

There was a reason why.

“When I came home, he was like, ‘Why did you leave me?'” Sam said. “I told him if you really wanted to go the weight room, you would get up and go on your own.

“From then on, he went on his own. He got up and did what he was supposed to do. He realized it wasn’t a game anymore. It was really that serious.”

James eventually developed into a serious high school standout.

After Sam signed a scholarship to play for the University of Pittsburgh, James developed into a top high school prospect. He was ranked as the second best linebacker in the country his senior year. One recruiting service described him as “the nation’s most physically imposing linebacker.”

As a senior in 2003, he made 182 tackles, had eight sacks, four interceptions, four fumble recoveries and returned two fumbles for touchdowns at Reading High School. James also rushed for 950 yards and 13 touchdowns as a tailback. He was a First-Team USA Today All-American, U.S. Army All-American and SuperPrep All-American.

Bryant had his choice of colleges, but signed with the University of Miami.

Everyone approved of decision — except one person.

“I went to University of Pittsburgh and wanted him to come with me. He didn’t come,” Sam said. “I didn’t think ‘The U’ was going to be a good fit for him because it’s Miami. The limelight and everything didn’t seem to be the right fit, and it wasn’t”

James played in 11 of 12 games on special teams in 2004 before being switched to fullback the following season. He played in 12 games as a backup with only one start that year. Bryant then played linebacker and fullback in 2006 before transferring to Louisville.

After sitting out the 2007 season, Bryant played linebacker for the Cardinals in 2008. According to school records, Bryant finished with 14 tackles that season, a statistic he believes is grossly inaccurate. Bryant said he recalls having at least 10 tackles in several games and does not understand the discrepancy.

Bryant’s college career was over.

However, the negativity was just starting.

“I remember reading something from the NFL, a bio on James Bryant,” James said.

(James paused during the interview and unsuccessfully fought to hold back tears).

“It said something to the extent that I was one of the most disappointing highly recruited players ever out of school,” James said. “That made me mad.

“You get writers and reporters who don’t really sit down and analyze the whole situation. In order to be successful in football, you got to have hard work and dedication, obviously. But if you don’t have a legit opportunity in a system or program, you’ll just be another player.

“I was in college from 2004 to 2009. I had three head coaches, seven position coaches, learned three defenses and three offenses in five years. Who does that? And you tell me I was one of the most overrated football players coming out of high school?”

The most notable occurrence from James’ college career was being linked to former University of Miami booster Nevin Shapiro in 2011. Shapiro claimed to give Bryant small cash gifts, entertain him at night clubs, his house and private boat, an allegation Bryant
passionately denies.

“I had nothing to do with that,” James said. “I don’t even know who that guy is. Again, my prayers go out to him because at the end of the day, everything will work out the way God wants it to.”

James, 6-foot-2, said he weighed 236 pounds during his Pro Day workout. His two recorded times during the 40-yard dash were 4.52 and 4.47 seconds. Bryant believes he shined in every drill.

However, Bryant was not drafted.

He signed with the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent. Bryant participated in the team’s rookie minicamp, but was released.

No other NFL team came calling.

Bryant was seemingly out of options.

“It was definitely a little discouraging, but at the same time, I’m the youngest of six kids from a poverty-stricken city,” James said. “I didn’t have the greatest situation growing up. You know how to get over and get around the things that tell you that you can’t do it. When doors close in your face, you figure out ways to get through these hard times.”

Tomorrow (Part II): Bryant turns to boxing.


James Bryant

James Bryant

Full Back for the New Orleans Voodoo

Height:  6-3

Weight:  257

Born:  12/18/1985, Reading, PA

College:  Louisville

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“John was my second agent.  There was an immediate change in my circumstances after signing with John.  He took a conscientious and aggressive interest in my career.  Unlike my old agent, John picked-up my phone calls or quickly returned them.  He put together a professional and detailed bio that highlighted my physical tools and football accomplishments.  John aggressively contacted teams on my behalf and made my career a priority.  After signing with John, I went from the AFL to the CFL and from the CFL to the NFL.  I could not have realized my dream of playing in the NFL without John’s assistance.” – James Bryant