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Desmond J. Bryant (born December 15, 1985) is an American football defensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Harvard and was signed by the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent in 2009.

Desmond Bryant
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Bryant with the Raiders in October 2010
Free agent
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1985-12-15) December 15, 1985 (age 33)
Shorewood, Illinois
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:310 lb (141 kg)
Career information
High school:Elizabethtown (NC) East Bladen
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:237
Forced fumbles:4
Fumble recoveries:2
Pass deflections:3
Player stats at

Early life and college careerEdit

Bryant was born in Shorewood, Illinois to Alton and Lillian Bryant. He graduated from East Bladen High School at Elizabethtown, North Carolina in 2004. In his senior season, Bryant helped his high school football team to a 13-1 record. That was his only year playing high school football in North Carolina. His high school number is retired at East Bladen. Bryant played football and basketball for three years while attending high school in Middletown, Delaware and played for the East Bladen basketball team for two seasons. With a weighted 4.2 grade point average and 1230 SAT score, Bryant chose Harvard despite offers by Duke, Florida A&M, and Towson University. As Ivy League schools do not offer athletic or academic scholarships, Bryant received a financial aid scholarship. Harvard coach Tim Murphy thought that Bryant could be a four-year starter and potentially a professional player and compared Bryant to a Southeastern Conference player.[1] At Harvard, Bryant majored in psychology and played 32 games in four seasons. In his senior season, Bryant was named second team All-Ivy League after leading Harvard with eight quarterback hurries and 4.5 tackles leading to losses.[2]

Reflecting on his college years, Bryant told the Los Angeles Times: "The Ivy League's not really my type of environment. I had some really good teammates and friends, but outside of the football world I didn't interact much with the other kids."[1]

Professional careerEdit

Oakland RaidersEdit

Bryant is the 29th Harvard Crimson football player to play in the NFL.[1] In April 2009, Bryant signed a free agent contract with the Oakland Raiders.[3] Bryant played all 16 games of his rookie season and had 24 solo and 8 assisted tackles. The next season, Bryant made 2.5 sacks.[2]

Cleveland BrownsEdit

Bryant signed with the Cleveland Browns on March 12, 2013 as an unrestricted free agent for a five-year $34 million contract, with $15 million guaranteed.[4]

Bryant started 12 games with the Browns in 2013, recording 31 tackles and 3.5 sacks. On December 4, 2013, Bryant was placed on the reserve/non-football illness list, ending his season, after Bryant had issues with an irregular heartbeat.[5]

Bryant returned to play in the 2014 season, playing in seven of the first nine games of the season. On November 6, 2014, Bryant sacked quarterback Andy Dalton twice en route to a 24-3 victory for the Browns over their division rival Cincinnati Bengals.[6]

During the 2016 offseason, Bryant was ruled out for the season due to tearing a pectoral muscle while weightlifting.[7]

On August 22, 2017, Bryant was released by the Browns.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

In June 2010, Bryant was one of five men arrested for an attack in a parking lot.[9] Bryant was arrested on a misdemeanor criminal mischief charge for allegedly showing up drunk and shirtless at a Florida family's home on February 24, 2013.[10] His mug shot showing him intoxicated with his eyes half closed and tongue sticking out went viral.[11]


  1. ^ a b c Wharton, David (October 3, 2009). "Desmond Bryant is smarter than the average Raider". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 30, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "#90 Desmond Bryant". Oakland Raiders. Retrieved December 30, 2010.
  3. ^ "Bryant Signs Free Agent Deal With Oakland Raiders". Harvard Crimson. Retrieved December 30, 2010.
  4. ^ Browns agree with Desmond Bryant
  5. ^ Desmond Bryant out for season
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  7. ^ Hagemann, Andie (July 13, 2016). "Desmond Bryant tears pectoral muscle, has surgery". Retrieved August 12, 2016.
  8. ^ "Browns sign DL Brandon Thompson, release DL Desmond Bryant". August 22, 2017. Archived from the original on September 26, 2017. Retrieved August 23, 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  9. ^ Donley, Timothy (June 7, 2010). "5 NC men charged with attack in parking lot". WMBF News.
  10. ^ Reed, Tom (March 19, 2013). "Cleveland Browns' Desmond Bryant is being sued for criminal incident last month". The Plain Dealer.
  11. ^ Cabot, Mary Kay (March 14, 2013). "Cleveland Browns DT Desmond Bryant says the picture doesn't tell the story". The Plain Dealer.

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