MATT BRYANT

Height 5-9
Weight 200
College Baylor
Birthdate May 29, 1975
How Acquired Free Agent (2002)
NFL Exp. 3rd Year

Transactions: Signed by the Iowa Barnstormers of the Arena Football League on Nov. 17, 1999…Released by the Barnstormers on April 4, 2000…Signed by the Giants on Jan. 9, 2002 and allocated to NFL Europe…Was assigned to the Berlin Thunder on March 15, 2002…Placed on injured reserve by the Thunder on March 30, 2002…Released by the Thunder on May 10, 2002, but remained on the Giants and in NFL Europe…Assigned to the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe until the end of the season…Waived by the Giants on Aug. 30, 2002…Re-signed by the Giants on Sept. 3, 2002.

NFL: Has been the Giants’ leading scorer each of the last two seasons…After scoring 108 points in his rookie season his second year was slowed by a hamstring injury that forced him to miss 5 games…Was 1 of the NFL’s unlikely success stories in 2002, when he was named the Giants’ kicker prior to the season opener despite not having kicked a field goal in a game since 1998 at Baylor…Returned home to Texas after his release, but was signed by the Giants on Sept. 3 after Owen Pochman was placed on injured reserve. Allocated in 2002 by the Giants to NFL Europe, but hurt his right quadriceps muscle and spent 6 weeks rehabilitating it.

2003: Played in 11 games, missing 5 with a hamstring injury…Led the team in scoring with 50 points…Connected on all 17 PATs and 11 of 14 field goal attempts…Was successful on his only field goal attempt, from 28 yards, and also went 3-for-3 on PATs vs. Carolina (12/28)…Scored the Giants only points of the game on a 45-yard field goal in the 1st quarter at Dallas (12/21)…His 43-yard field goal attempt in the 2nd quarter was blocked and returned for a touchdown at New Orleans (12/14)…Kicked two 30-yard field goals and a PAT at Tampa Bay (11/24) …Returned to action at Philadelphia (11/16) after missing 5 games with a hamstring injury. Made his only field goal attempt, from 30 yards, and a PAT…Inactive due to injury vs. Atlanta (11/9), at NY Jets (11/2), at Minnesota (10/26), vs. Philadelphia (10/19) and at New England (10/12) after suffering a hamstring injury while kicking a 43-yard field goal at the end of the second period vs. Miami (10/5)…Kicked game-winning 29-yard field goal on the Giants' first possession in overtime at Washington (9/21). Also recorded his only touchback of the season in that game…Connected on only field goal attempt, from 30 yards out, to give the Giants a 32-29 lead with 11 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter vs. Dallas (9/15)…Opened the season by kicking a season-high 3 field goal attempts, from 24, 47, and 44 yards, vs. St. Louis (9/7). The 47-yarder was a season-long.

2002: Was the Giants kicker for all 16 regular season games and the NFC Wild Card game in San Francisco…Finished 6th in the NFC with 108 points, the 2nd-highest total by a kicker in team history. Ali Haji-Sheikh scored a team-record 127 points in 1983. Joe Morris scored 126 points in 1985 – on 21 touchdowns. Bryant moved ahead of Pete Gogolak, who had 107 points in 1970…Connected on 30 of 32 PATs and 26 of 32 field goal attempts…Scored at least 1 point in every game…Made his 1st 11 field goal tries, 2 shy of the NFL record for consecutive success at the start of a career, set by Kris Brown in 1999…Was twice named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week, following game vs. Seattle (9/22), when he made 3 of 3 field goal tries in 9-6 victory, and after game vs. Washington (11/17) when he kicked field goals from 43, 34, 33 and 19 yards in 19-17 win…Became 1st Giant to win the special teams award twice in the same season since Brad Daluiso in 1996 (Weeks 10 and 15)…Also kicked 4 field goals at St. Louis (9/5), scoring a season-high 14 points…Kicked 3 field goals in each of 3 consecutive games, vs. Tennessee (12/1), at Washington (12/8) and vs. Dallas (12/15)…Kicked 39-yard field goal in overtime vs. Philadelphia (12/28) to give Giants 10-7 victory that clinched playoff berth…Kicked 21-yard field goal and 5 extra points in NFC Wild Card game at San Francisco. Was wide left on 42-yard try…Lined up to attempt game-winning field goal from 41 yards, but kick was never attempted due to a bad snap.

College: Completed his collegiate eligibility at Baylor from 1997-98 …Ranks 7th on the school’s all-time scoring list with 105 points (21 field goals and 42 extra points)…His 21 field goals place him 5th in Bears history…Hit 42 of 42 extra points to set the school record with a 100 percent success rate…Has a criminal justice degree…Attended Trinity Valley Junior College for 2 years…Twice named a junior college All-American…Set several junior college kicking records…Fell 3 points short of the national scoring record of 95 points.

Personal: Bryant served as a professor in the Giants Football 201 program, instructing participants in the art of field goal kicking. He used his time to benefit the Ronald McDonald House by attending both the “Meet the Giants” Ronald McDonald House Dinner Fundraiser and the Christmas Party at the House. Came out to meet and greet area youth at Micheal Barrow’s NY/NJ Sports Celebrity Carnival at Madison Square Garden. He also participated in “Operation Paintfest” in Keller Army Community Hospital at West Point Military Academy to paint murals with patients. The murals are hung on the hospital walls to beautify the facility. Bryant participated in the 2002 United Way Hometown Huddle by conducting a football clinic at the Highbridge Center for members of Alianza Dominicana, a local United Way agency that services families in Washington Heights…Visited Secaucus High School as a part of NFL High School Football Tuesday and spoke to the football team about the role that sports and school has played in his life…Nicknamed “Sling Blade” by his teammates…Has a size 10.5 foot that he fits into a size-9 kicking shoe when playing…Plans to become an FBI or ATF agent when his playing career is over…Former pawnbroker at K&C Pawn in Orange, Texas…Grew up in Bridge City, Tex. (Population 7,000)…Attended high school in Bridge City, where his 52-yard field goal is still the school record…Also played baseball in high school…Once hit 4 home runs in 4 consecutive at-bats in a game…Started kicking football when he was 8 years old…Has 1 sister, Sherry, and 2 brothers, Kim and Billy…Born May 29, 1975.

 



Matt Bryant
 BIO   CAREER STATS
Weight: 191
Age: 29
Born: May 21, 1975
Birthplace: Organe, TX
College: Baylor
NFL Experience: 3
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