Former college football player falls victim to NFL tryout hoax
An unfortunate story out of the world of football this weekend.
Former Austin Peay defensive back Juantarius Bryant has shared on social media that he showed up to the Atlanta Falcons camp on Wednesday expecting to try out only to find out he had fallen victim to a hoax.
“I do not know or understand why this has happened,” Bryant wrote in a tweeted note. “But I do know that everything happens for a reason. Yes, this was heart breaking for me, but just another stepping stone that I am not afraid to admit or overcome.
“At the end of the day, this will not make or break me. I will still continue to fight for my dreams because I know it’s what I really want.”
Bryant details that he received a call from a 404 area code of someone pretending to be Falcons defensive coordinator Dean Pees. Though Bryant was the victim of a hoax, he still apologized to the Falcons for the mixup.
ESPN notes that Bryant, a former walk-on, made first-team All-Ohio Valley Conference defensive back by his senior season in 2019 after recording 107 tackles, including 2.5 for loss.
Fans everywhere, many previously unfamiliar with Bryant, are now hoping to see him get an opportunity.
It’s been a rough few days, but I felt the need to clear the air and get this off my chest. Honestly ready to move on from the situation. pic.twitter.com/yUJELOstZW
— Juantarius Bryant (@TheyLoveMyHair_) May 15, 2021