Desmond Demond Bryant (born November 4, 1988) is an American football wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Oklahoma State University, and earned All-American honors. He was chosen by the Dallas Cowboys in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
By simply following Dez Bryant on Twitter it appears obvious he’s in fantastic shape. He’s listed at 6-2, 220 pounds and tweeted last month that his body fat was recorded at 3.1 percent.
Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant says that a full offseason working with the team’s strength and conditioning staff has him in much better shape this year than he was at the end of the lockout last year.
Bryant told the Dallas Morning News he’s “a lot stronger” than he was before, and that working with Cowboys strength coach Mike Woicik has made a big difference.
On that note, let's run down Bryant's list of off-the-field problems during his two-year pro career. He reportedly feuded with Lil Wayne's crew in Miami in January, he owed a high-end micro-finance company $50,000 (though he supposedly paid off those debts), he had a tough time pulling up his pants at a mall, he owed a ticket broker and a jeweler $600,000, and he got blasted by his one-time mentor Deion Sanders.
Bryant obviously has talent, having 63 catches for 928 yards and nine touchdowns last year. But the news today led me back to this comment owner Jerry Jones made in December.
The Dallas Cowboys may wish the media had paid less attention this week to a minor incident involving rookie receiver Dez Bryant. But anti-hazing activists around the country were thrilled.
"Hurray for Dez!" said Susan Lipkins, a psychologist whose expertise in hazing-related behaviors is nationally recognized.
She and others who battle hazing in schools and clubs hope that the focus on Bryant will help make their case. The message, they say, is particularly timely with back-to-school, the start of football practice, and fraternity and sorority rush right around the corner.
2008: Ended the season as the Big 12 statistical champion in receiving yards per game (113.9), scoring (9.69 ppg), touchdown receptions (19), punt returns (17.9 per try), and punt return touchdowns (two) ... His sophomore season included OSU's second best mark in receiving yards (1,480), a new school record with 19 touchdown receptions, the second best scoring season in OSU history with 128 points, the second best single-season total in catches (87), and a new Holiday Bowl record with 167 receiving yards in three quarters of play due to injury
Bryant has a really impressive combination of size and speed. Possesses the quickness and agility necessary to consistently gain separation as a route runner. Very good ball skills, catches the ball softly away from his body and is outstanding at high-pointing the jumpball and really fights for the football. Runs angry after the catch and is a load to bring down in the open field.
Anyone trying to evaluate Bryant has to consider his background. He grew up in the most difficult circumstances imaginable. His mother was 15 when she had him (he was one of three children), and she sold crack cocaine to feed the family. She was arrested and spent 18 months in jail so Bryant wound up moving from one home to another.
He had no interest in school. If it wasn’t for athletics, there is no telling what might have happened to him. But he was a Parade All-American at Lufkin (Tex.) High School which earned him a free ride to Oklahoma State. All along, his dream has been to make it big in pro football and earn enough money to secure a better future for his mother and himself.
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo said he enjoys playing with WR Dez Bryant because Bryant continues to work hard at improving his game. "He just keeps improving and improving. He's a kid that I enjoy playing with because he wants to get better," Romo said. "He's always asking, 'Hey Tony, what can I do to be better?' I love playing with guys like him, Miles (Austin) and these guys. They want to be better themselves and they're trying to do anything they can to get better."
We've certainly had quite the little parade of arrests through this NFL offseason, but few are as disturbing as this: On Monday, Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant was arrested on charges of misdemeanor domestic violence, which stemmed from an incident that happened last Saturday. Bryant turned himself in to the DeSoto (Texas) police department after hearing of the charges, and was released from custody after posting $1,500 bail. However, and as first reported by Rebecca Lopez of WFAA-TV, the underlying reasons for Bryant's arrest should give serious pause.
"Desoto police say Dez Bryant assaulted his mother," Lopez wrote on her Twitter account. "Slapped her across the face and pulled her hair. Dez Bryant's mother says she had pain and swelling as a result of injuries according to a police report. Police report says Bryant's mother had asked him to leave when he allegedly assaulted her."
“It’s one of those if we can finish, it’ll be a Lifetime movie or something like that,” said Brooke Stafford, the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at Lufkin High School, where Bryant starred.
The lack of stability started early for Bryant, who was born in 1988 when Angela was 15 and his father, MacArthur Hatton, was in his early 40s.