When the Kansas City Brigade announced their final roster, there was a familiar name at quarterback.
Quarterback D Bryant left Duke University five years ago seeking greener pastures in the pro league and has earned his spot.
He landed the number two position for the Brigade, after a two-day camp invite.
Although D had a record breaking year in the AF2, where he set a season record for single-season passing yards with 4,680 and also became only the third quarterback in league history to surpass the 100-touchdown plateau by tossing 102 TDs.
He had to start over after being signed and released by the Georgia Force in the off season. But D did not skip a beat, he was convinced that if he was given a shot, he would capitalize on that opportunity.
The six feet two inches, two hundred twenty pound quarterback with the one letter first name entered the 2005 NFL draft, but was left undrafted. Described as a quarterback with the prototype size, arm strength and mobility, D started as a rookie in the AF2 with the Albany Conquest. He played for Manchester Wolves in the 2006 season and joined the South Georgia Wildcats in the 2007 season.
While playing during those three years in arena football, he made the bid to move up, but his attempts proved unsuccessful. This off-season he hired a new agent, who he believed could showcase his strengths, skills and experience to the various teams.
He actually had a number of invitations, and visited to a number of teams, but he decided to choose the Georgia Force. His hopes were however short lived, as he was released by Georgia before going to camp. Bryant never gave up, even though he acknowledged that he knew it would be an up hill battle to win a spot. So he continued his off season training and worked part time waiting for his shot.
Then finally, he got a call from Coach Kevin Porter of the Kansas City Brigade offering a two-day camp invite. Bryant worked his way up impressing the coaching staff along the way. He played well in the scrimmage against the San Jose Sabercats and finished strong in the remaining days of camp.
When I spoke to Bryant recently, he was elated for the opportunity, which has presented itself and looks forward to his future with the Brigade. Once again, patience and perseverance has helped Bryant to fight against all odds. Bryant said that football is a lot like life and he is learning to handle both on a daily basis.