Desmond Bryant

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Desmond Bryant
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At a game in Denver in October, 2010
No. 92 Cleveland Browns
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-12-15) December 15, 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth: Shorewood, Illinois
Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight: 310 lb (141 kg)
Career information
High school: Elizabethtown (NC) East Bladen
College: Harvard
Undrafted: 2009
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2016
Total tackles: 238
Sacks: 26.0
Forced fumbles: 4
Fumble recoveries: 2
Pass deflections: 3
Player stats at

Desmond J. Bryant (born December 15, 1985) is an American football defensive tackle for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League. He was signed by the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent in 2009. He played college football at Harvard.

Early life and college career[edit]

Bryant was born in Shorewood, Illinois to Alton and Lian 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 career[edit]

Oakland Raiders[edit]

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 Browns[edit]

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]


In June 2010, Bryant was one of five men arrested for an attack in a parking lot.[8] 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.[9] His mug shot showing him intoxicated with his eyes half closed and tongue sticking out went viral.[10]


  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. ^ Donley, Timothy (June 7, 2010). "5 NC men charged with attack in parking lot". WMBF News. 
  9. ^ Reed, Tom (March 19, 2013). "Cleveland Browns' Desmond Bryant is being sued for criminal incident last month". The Plain Dealer. 
  10. ^ 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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