Some time ago, I referenced a last-year article from LA Times on Desmond Bryant, a distant cousin of Chester McGlockton. With Gerard Warren's departure today, the media focus shifted to him, and I am sure much more details about him will emerge. Here is the article:
An Ivy Leaguer passes through the looking glass and tumbles into the land of Al Davis, a mad circus of renegade athletes and near-pathological fans adorned in spikes and chains.
"Yeah," Bryant says with a chuckle. "Seems a little strange."
Except the big guy with the baby face doesn't quite fit the Harvard stereotype, not with his baggy shorts and flip-flops and a wad of chewing tobacco stuffed in his lip.
As he speaks, a different sort of tale emerges.
Through the first three games of the NFL season, Bryant has worked himself into the rotation as a backup defensive tackle, not bad for an undrafted free agent who wasn't expected to make the league.
"He's a terrific player," Coach Tom Cable said. "The more he learns how to play the double-team, the better he gets."
If he seems like a novelty -- only a few Harvard alumni currently play in the NFL -- there are two things you should know:
No. 1, Bryant is, indeed, educated and articulate in a quiet sort of way.
No. 2, He always wanted to play professional football and has always focused a great deal of his intellect on that goal.
(Editor's Note: In order to continue reading the rest of this article you will need to click on the link that Spirals provided to the LA Times article. We can't post the entire article due to copywrite infringement. I did keep this much up because it is a great read, and thank you spirals for taking the time to post it here. Cheers - Raymond)