Desmond Demond Bryant, known as Dez Bryant, was born in Galveston County, Texas on November 4, 1988. A wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, he was ranked at number 35 on the annual NFL Top 100 list in 2013.
Having moved to Lufkin, Texas during his youth, Bryant began playing football for Lufkin High School. As a junior, he helped the team to reach the 5A Division II state semi-finals, before becoming an All-State selection and a Parade All-American in his senior year. Considered one of the top 10 wide receiver prospects in the nation and the number two wide receiver prospect for the state of Texas, Bryant attracted attention from Texas A&M, Texas Tech and several other schools in the Big 12 Conference, before deciding to play college football for the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
During his college career, Bryant excelled and received second team freshman All-American honors. At the end of the 2008 season, he was named as a consensus All-American. In October 2009, Bryant was suspended for the remainder of the season by the NCAA, for failing to disclose interactions with former NFL player Deion Sanders. Prior to the ruling, he had been tipped to enjoy an excellent season and was considered a potential candidate for the Heisman Trophy.
November 2009 saw Bryant announced his entry into the 2010 NFL Draft and he was projected to be chosen early, as arguably the best wide receiver available for selection. When the draft came around, Bryant was eventually picked in the first round, as the 24th overall pick, by the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys subsequently allocated Bryant the number 88 jersey, which had previously been worn by legends Michael Irvin and Drew Pearson. In his debut season, he managed 45 receptions for 561 yards, and six receiving touchdowns.
Over the course of the seasons that followed, Bryant further established himself in the team and continued to make steady progress, recording career highs for catches and touchdowns in the 2013 season. At the end of the 2012 season, the Professional Football Writers Association named him the Most Improved Player of the Year, while at the end of 2013, he was honored with the first Pro Bowl selection of his career.
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