- Bryant Perry
- The University of St. Francis (IL)
- Chicago, IL
- Twitter: @PERRY_THEKID
What is your favorite song to listen to prior to competing?
Headed to the game I have variety of songs like slow songs to calm my nerves, but during pregame Meek Mill – Shine.
How would your teammates describe you as both a player and person?
As player passionate person on the field. Off the field as a person really humble, and they always are telling me I’m funny because I’m always serious about everything that we talk about.
How do you and your teammates make practice and film study fun?
When we get together and watch the film as DBs, we definitely are going to let you know what you did good or bad on a play. We give credit on the good and laugh and crack jokes at the bad, but we will correct each other. Before practice, we are cracking jokes and after practice, we try to see who has the best arm out of the DBs by seeing who can hit the goal post from the sideline. I lost to Stovall a couple times.
When you are studying film, what is your main focus to gain a competitive advantage?
As a DB, I watch how the receiver I’m sticking is coming off the ball while getting press and how he runs his routes when the DB is off the ball. How he acts when the ball is coming to him, how he act when the ball is not coming to him. Is he jogging not trying to block because it’s a run? How many times is targeted through the game.
For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
I’m grateful for my loved ones my mother and everybody that supports me and wants the best for me. Also grateful for being able to play this game so long with no serious injuries.
What do you value the most about your collegiate experience?
Traveling was one of the best of my college experiences because not only are you getting your mind right before you go play, but looking out the window whether it’s the plane or a bus you get to see different things. Coming from Chicago, some of the things I saw have been real eye-openers like wow! That’s how they really live.
Who is your personal hero?
Derrick Rose. Since the Simeon days I’ve been a fan of his. Being a kid seeing all of what he has accomplished and just all the obstacles he had to overcome made me feel like I can overcome anything that stands in my way.
Tell me something about yourself nobody would know.
That basketball was my first love and I can still actually play.
How do you work on yourself?
I work on myself by noticing my mistakes and not letting them ever happen again.
If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, whom would it be and why?
Jay-Z, just to pick his brain and ask him how he just overcome everything all from business to family, music etc.
If you could have any superpower, what power would it be and why?
As much as I don’t like heights but I would say to fly. I just think it would be funny, you’re chilling with your friends and you’d just be like OK I’ll talk to y’all tomorrow and fly home.
What would constitute a perfect day for you?
Getting everything done that day the way I picture it.
Who inspired you as a young athlete?
Reggie Bush, Percy Harvin, Charles Woodson.
What are the positive attributes that you bring to a professional football team
The attributes I can bring to a pro team is being a strong, resilient, hard worker; who is motivated, and versatile.
Tell me about a time where you overcame a challenge.
Growing up in Chicago it’s many different challenges you gone face on daily but staying humble and staying prayed up. Help you overcome almost anything it’s nothing you can’t overcome when you got God by your side.
What one skill would you like to improve on? What’s your plan for doing so?
Ball skills, just simply practice everyday on how I would catch the ball in a game.
What NFL WR would you most like to go one-on-one with?
Funny, I already went one on one with Antonio Brown, but I would like to line up across OBJ.
What is the best part of your hometown; Chicago, IL?
The food here is like no other. Whether it’s a quality restaurant or home cook meal, doesn’t matter. Chicago got some of the best food in the world. I also think we got some of the best barber here in Chicago.
Give me your pitch to an NFL GM on why you should be a part of their organization?
I think I can fit into an organization simply because of my work ethic. I’m going to bring that spark to the team just off that. I will make everybody else want to get better not just me and being serious about breathing that same type of spirit Ray Lewis brought to the game.