Callahan Bright (born January 16, 1987) is a former American football defensive tackle. A former high school football standout, his career derailed during college. After one season at Division II Shaw University, Bright entered the 2010 NFL Draft but was not selected. He had brief stints with various Arena Football League teams, now playing for the Wichita Wild.
|Born:||January 16, 1987|
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||340 lb (154 kg)|
|High school:||Rosemont (PA) Harriton|
|Career Arena statistics|
|Player stats at ArenaFan.com|
A native of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, in the Delaware Valley, Bright graduated from Welsh Valley Middle School, and then attended Glen Mills School in Thornbury for two years, a school for court-adjudicated youths. Bright said he was sent there because of “behavioral problems.” As a junior, he transferred to Harriton High School in Rosemont, Pennsylvania, where he was an All-American defensive lineman, while also playing lacrosse and wrestling in the unlimited division at several freestyle tournaments. After recording 86 tackles and 14 sacks in his junior season, Bright was named to USA Today's “2004 preseason Super 25 players”.
Constantly drawing double- and triple-teams by opponents, Bright's dominance was noted by scouts. Tom Lemming of ESPN called him “the most dominating high school defensive lineman that I've seen in five years,” referring to Shaun Cody. At the Elite College Combine in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Bright dominated in one-on-one drills, “tossing” five-star offensive lineman Eugene Monroe “aside like a rag doll.” “He was so powerful. He always had great leverage and got under taller players, and he had one of the best bull rushes I've ever seen,” said Rivals.com analyst Mike Farrell. Although initially invited to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, he could not participate due to a suspension that also caused him to miss his final high school game.
Regarded as a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, Bright was listed as the No. 2 defensive tackle prospect of a class that also included Jerrell Powe, Ndamukong Suh, and Dan Williams. Only DeMarcus Granger of Kimball High School in Dallas was ranked in front of him. Recruited by dozens of schools, Bright narrowed his choices down to Miami, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Florida State, Texas A&M, Purdue—where his older brother Eugene played defensive end—and Southern California. He only took two official visits, to Florida State and Texas A&M, in December 2004. During National Signing Day, Bright committed to Florida State on ESPN News. Alongside wide receiver prospect Fred Rouse, Bright was considered to be the cornerstone of the Seminoles' 2005 recruiting class.
Apart from his official visit, Bright never stepped onto FSU campus in Tallahassee, Florida. Because of his 2.5 core grade point average, he needed to get at least an 820 on the SAT to meet the NCAA's minimum eligibility standards, which he did not. Ineligible for college football, Bright briefly attended Hargrave Military Academy, a prep school in Chatham, Virginia, along with fellow Seminoles recruits Matt Hardrick and Justin Mincey. Bright was ranked as the No. 1 prep school prospect by Scout.com. While the Seminoles had a “painfully thin defensive front,” and were in dire need of a nose guard after the graduation of Brodrick Bunkley, his “onetime heir apparent” Bright did not manage to qualify academically.
Opting for the junior college route, he enrolled at Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas, to play football. He went through practice in 2007, but left the school before the season began. The birth of his son altered his career, causing him to take a job as a garbage man in Radnor, Pennsylvania, so he could also take night classes at Delaware County Community College. In July 2007, Bright was arrested in the delivery of marijuana to a Montgomery County police informant. Charged with a felony count of possession with the intent to deliver, Bright pleaded guilty and was sentenced to time served and two years' probation.
Bright eventually wound up at Shaw University located in Raleigh, North Carolina. He spent two years on the scout team before regaining his academic eligibility in 2009. In his only season of college football, he registered 48 tackles, 7.5 tackles for a loss and half a sack, which earning him selection to the CIAA All-Rookie team. He then decided to bypass his senior year and to enter the 2010 NFL Draft.
2010 NFL DraftEdit
After preparing for the draft at All-Star Sports Training in Paisley, Florida, Bright was invited to participate at NC State’s pro-day, where he demonstrated his raw strength with 41 reps at the bench press, which was only topped among 2010 draft prospects by Mitch Petrus (45). According to Mike Mayock, there was “some interest in him as a late-draftable/preferred free-agent type.”
|Ht||Wt||40-yard dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert jump||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 2 1⁄2 in
|5.28 s||1.88 s||3.05 s||4.90 s||8.12 s||27 in
|8 ft 4 in
|All values from North Carolina State Pro Day (March 24, 2010).|
Arena Football LeagueEdit
Bright then entered the Arena Football League (AFL), first signing with the Jacksonville Sharks and then, over the course of a year and a half, he played for the Philadelphia Soul, New Orleans VooDoo and the Pittsburgh Power before signing with the Wichita Wild midway through the 2012 season. Playing in all seven of the Wild’s remaining games last season, Bright tallied 33 total tackles, one and a half sacks and two forced fumbles.
- Staples, Andy (February 24, 2010). "Former top recruit Callahan Bright seeks second chance in NFL". CNN.
- Narducci, Marc (February 24, 2011). "Former Harriton star gets a shot with Soul". The Philadelphia Inquirer.
- "Callahan Bright Rejoins the Wild for 2013 Season". Wichita Wild Football. January 16, 2013. Archived from the original on April 12, 2013. Retrieved February 9, 2013.
- O'Brien, Rick (September 2, 2004). "Rams' behemoth Callahan Bright a dominant force Harriton's two-way tackle is also fast and versatile, able to play guard or even fullback". The Philadelphia Inquirer.
- "2004 preseason Super 25 players". USA Today. May 20, 2005.
- Lemming, Tom (August 25, 2004). "Future's Bright for Pennsylvania DL". ESPN Insider.
- "Trying Not to Belong". Pittsburgh Sports Report. December 9, 2010.
- "Wrestling, gymnastics results; final USA today football rankings; East-West football team". Seattle Times. December 9, 2004.
- Pompey, Keith (April 22, 2010). "Harriton's Bright hopes for shot at NFL draft". The Philadelphia Inquirer.
- Megargee, Steve (February 27, 2012). "The Unlucky 13: Top classes that fizzled". Rivals.com.
- "Questions at QB for Seminoles". Florida Times-Union. June 19, 2005.
- Scout.com Postgraduate Top 40
- Feldman, Bruce (March 8, 2006). "Ten toughest position vacancies". ESPN Insider.
- "Shaw's Callahan Bright Named to CIAA All-Rookie Team". IBCsports.com. November 5, 2009.
- "Arkansas' Petrus ties combine record in bench press". NFL.com. February 26, 2010.
- "OL prospects Asamoah, Saffold show promise". NFL.com. March 27, 2010.
- "Jacksonville Sharks Notebook: WR Dallas Baker says injury is just a sprain". Florida Times-Union. May 26, 2010.