• Ashley Hare

USF Athlete Spotlight: Bryant Perry

A local football player remains humble after many obstacles have come his way. Bryant Perry, a Chicago native from Inglewood, gained recognition after he went one-on-one with NFL wide receiver, Antonio Brown. Brown posted a video of him on Instagram of Perry going head-to-head with the caption “Let’s Dance." Perry says that Brown told him he loves his attitude and to keep making everybody around him better.

Perry, who lettered at William Rainey Harper High School in Chicago, was an All-Chicago Public School Selection and led the team his senior year to the championship game. However, Perry always felt a heavy weight on his shoulders when trying to navigate through life. Perry was always trying to avoid the city’s violence. He lives three blocks away from Chicago’s “war zone." He found that football, no matter where he plays it, provides him a safe haven.

Three years after graduating high school, Perry attended Mesabi Range Junior College in Minnesota. Perry totaled 55 tackles, six pass breakups, 1.5 tackles for loss, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and an interception over two seasons. In 2018, Perry transferred to the University of St. Francis (USF) where he finished the season tied for fourth on the team with three pass breakups and totaled 24 tackles.

After his year at USF and going through training camp with Antonio Brown, Perry declared for the NFL draft. However, on Christmas Day, his mother checked into the hospital with complications from diabetes. Perry says it's just him, his mom and sister left. If something happens to his mom, who will take care of his sister? Without an agent and wanting to focus on his home life, Perry missed the deadline to apply for the NFL draft this past July.

Perry did not return to the Fighting Saints roster this season. According to WGN News, he will attend a Canadian Football League tryout in Tinley Park at the end of the month. Determinations sums up Perry’s lifestyle. Perry tells WGN News that is someone just gives him a shot, he is bound to make it somehow.

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