Dez Bryant is a three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver who played in the National Football League (NFL) for the Dallas Cowboys for eight seasons before becoming a Free Agent in 2018. The 2014 NFL touchdown leader is revered for his exceptional talent, although over the years he has not been able to give his team the best.
Dez Bryant was born Desmond Demond Bryant on November 4, 1988, in Galveston County, Texas, to a fifteen-year-old mother, Angela Bryant, and a fifteen-year-old father, MacArthur Hatton. He did, however, grow up in Lufkin, Angelina County, Texas, where he attended Lufkin High School and played for the Panthers soccer team, receiving “Parade” and “SuperPrep All-American” citations.
Bryant had offers from numerous college programs but chose Oklahoma State University where he played for coach Mike Gundy. He set the school record for receiving yards in a rookie game when he finished his first season with 43 receptions for 622 yards and 6 touchdowns. His second college season showed massive improvement as he performed remarkably well in big times, ending the year with 87 receptions for 1,480 yards and 19 touchdowns.
In 2009, his junior year, Dez Bryant was considered the best college wide receiver. He was identified as a potential Heisman Trophy winner that year, but that prediction was not possible as Bryant was suspended for the season for violating NCAA bylaws. After this season, Dez Bryant decided to give up his senior year and enter the 2010 NFL Draft, where he was ranked 24th by the Dallas Cowboys.
In his rookie season, Dez Bryant scored five receptions for 561 yards and six touchdowns and was called to the 2010 NFL All-Rookie Team despite missing a few games due to injury. The second season went as usual and he finished with 63 receptions for 928 yards and 9 touchdowns.
At the time of writing, Bryant has made a total of 531 receptions for 7,459 yards and 73 touchdowns in his seven-year career.
Injury Stats and Update
Despite all that he could achieve, one can only imagine what success Dez Bryant and the Cowboys would have had if he hadn’t suffered all those annoying injuries.
Bryant’s injury problems began in his rookie season, on December 5, 2010, to be exact when he suffered a fracture of his right fibula and had to miss the remaining 5 games of the season. Between 2010 and 2015, Bryant did not suffer any significant injury that forced him to sit out a game, including a sprained foot, a broken index finger, a back injury, and a bruised hip, although it could be argued that his performance would have been better if he had been 100 percent fit at those times.
On September 13, 2015, Bryant broke the fifth metatarsal in his right foot, which required surgery and put him out of action for five games. After an apparent recovery, he aggravated the injury a few months later and required a second surgery and another on his right ankle. His next injury was a hairline fracture in his knee in September 2016, which kept him on the sidelines for several weeks.
Dez Bryant Net Worth
Dez Bryant reportedly has net assets estimated at approximately $32 million. The elite wide receiver, who is the highest-ranked non-quarterback in the league and the fifth in merchandise sales, has accumulated his wealth through his recent contract with the Cowboys and sponsorship deals.
In 2015, Bryant put on paper a five-year contract worth $70 million, $45 million of which was guaranteed. He also had a signing bonus of $20 million. In terms of sponsorship and support, Bryant has signed lucrative contracts with companies such as BodyArmor, Panini, and the Nike Jordan brand. However, the BodyArmor deal is an outstanding event among others, as the sports beverage company has made Bryant a shareholder in the company, which will further increase its net value as the company continues to grow.
Height, Weight, and Other Facts
Birth Name: Desmond Demond Bryant
Date of Birth: November 4, 1988
Place of Birth: Galveston County, Texas
Height: 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m)
Weight: 220 pounds (100 kg)
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio