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Dez Bryant    

Wide Receiver for the NFL's Dallas Cowboys

Dez Bryant was born November 4, 1988 and is a wide receiver and return specialist for the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football for Oklahoma State University, and earned All-American honors. Bryant was born in Galveston County, Texas, but eventually moved to Lufkin, Texas, where he attended Lufkin High School. As a senior, he was a member of the Texas Football Super Team. Bryant was a first-team selection and was an All-state selection after recording 53 receptions for 1,207 yards and 21 touchdowns. Bryant attended Oklahoma State University from 2007 to 2008 and was a member of the Oklahoma State Cowboys football team coached by Mike Gundy. As a freshman in 2007, he finished second on the team with 43 receptions for 622 yards and 6 touchdowns in 12 games. In a game against the University of Kansas Jayhawks, he set an OSU record for receiving yards in a game by a freshman with 155. In the 2007 Insight Bowl, he recorded 9 receptions for 117 yards and 2 touchdowns in a 49-33 win against the Indiana Hoosiers. Bryant finished the 2008 season for Oklahoma State with 87 receptions for 1,480 yards and 19 touchdowns, including 2 punt returns for touchdowns. He was chosen by the Dallas Cowboys in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. On July 23, 2010, it was announced that Bryant will wear number 88, the same as Hall of Famer Michael Irvin, and Cowboys legend Drew Pearson. On October 17, 2010, Bryant caught his first NFL touchdown catch, on a 31-yard pass from Tony Romo. In his second year with the Dallas Cowboys, Bryant finished the season with 63 receptions for 928 yards and 9 touchdowns. In 2012 against the New Orleans Saints in a week 16, he had the best game of his career up to that point, with nine receptions for a career-high 224 yards (fourth most in team history), two touchdowns and also tying the franchise record for most consecutive games (7) with at least a touchdown reception, which is shared with Franklin Clarke (1961-1962), Bob Hayes (1965-1966) and Terrell Owens (2007). Bryant finished the 2012 season with 92 receptions for 1,382 yards (15 yards-per-catch average) and 12 touchdowns. In 2014, he broke the Dallas Cowboys record 16 touchdowns. Off the field, Bryant is very involved in his community, giving back to his fans. When time permits, he makes appearances, does speaking engagements and autograph signings for the kids. During home games, he invites underprivileged kids and families in need as his guests to watch him play and also hosted a ThanXgiving Turkey drive donated 1,500 turkey meals to Dallas area families.


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