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Fernando Antoneyo Bryant (born March 26, 1977) is a former American football cornerback of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars 26th overall in the 1999 NFL Draft. He played college football at Alabama.

Fernando Bryant
No. 25
Position:Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (1977-03-26) March 26, 1977 (age 42)
Albany, Georgia
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:184 lb (83 kg)
Career information
High school:Riverdale
(Murfreesboro, Tennessee)
College:Alabama
NFL Draft:1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 26
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-SEC (1998)
  • 2× Second-team All-SEC (1996, 1997)
  • Consensus All-Rookie (1999)
  • Super Bowl champion (XLIII)
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:472
Forced fumbles:2
Fumble recoveries:7
Pass deflections:79
Interceptions:7
Player stats at NFL.com

Bryant was also a member of the Detroit Lions, New England Patriots, and Pittsburgh Steelers. He beat the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII as a member of the Steelers.

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Early yearsEdit

Bryant attended Riverdale High School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and starred in football as a wide receiver/defensive back and in track as a sprinter. In football, as a senior, he garnered All-American honors, and finished the year with six interceptions and 82 tackles on defense, and 48 receptions on offense.

College careerEdit

At the University of Alabama, Bryant was an All-SEC second team selection in 1996 and 1997, as well as an All-SEC first team selection in 1998 and nicknamed TWO-FIVE.

Professional careerEdit

Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

Bryant was drafted in the first round (26th overall) in the 1999 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He spent five years with the Jaguars.

Detroit LionsEdit

Bryant was signed as a free agent by the Detroit Lions in 2004. On February 25, 2008, the Lions released Bryant

New England PatriotsEdit

On March 20, 2008, he signed a one-year deal with the New England Patriots, he was cut by the team on August 30, 2008.

Pittsburgh SteelersEdit

On November 11, 2008, Bryant was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers where he was reunited with college teammate Deshea Townsend.[1]

On June 23, 2009, his agent Drew Rosenhaus announced that Bryant had decided to retire.[2]

NFL statisticsEdit

Year Team Games Combined Tackles Tackles Assisted Tackles Sacks Forced Fumbles Fumble Recoveries Fumble Return Yards Interceptions Interception Return Yards Yards per Interception Return Longest Interception Return Interceptions Returned for Touchdown Passes Defended
1999 JAX 16 106 68 38 0.0 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 16
2000 JAX 14 43 37 6 0.0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 7
2001 JAX 10 54 49 5 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
2002 JAX 16 59 57 2 0.0 0 2 0 1 26 26 26 0 12
2003 JAX 16 70 61 9 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 9
2004 DET 10 51 42 9 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9
2005 DET 2 8 7 1 0.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2006 DET 10 46 36 10 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
2007 DET 16 69 59 10 0.0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 13
2008 PIT 2 3 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Career 112 472 411 61 0.0 2 7 0 7 26 4 26 0 81

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Steelers Sign Veteran Cornerback; Release Rookie Linebacker Archived February 26, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Hey there! RosenhausSports is using Twitter Twitter, June 23, 2009
  3. ^ "Fernando Bryant Stats". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved June 17, 2014.

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