In the 1999 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars picked up a cornerback from the University of Alabama with the 26th overall pick. The Jaguars needed some help in the secondary, so they selected cornerback Fernando Bryant. Bryant found his way into the starting lineup his rookie season, and was a big part of the Jaguars success defensively on their run to the playoffs and winning the division. As a rookie, Bryant started all 16 games for the Jaguars. After his rookie season however, his play began to slide and it never really recovered. While Bryant remained the starter at the cornerback position for the majority of the time from his rookie season up until his final season in 2003, he never was able to re-capture what he had in his rookie season with the Jaguars.
I remember vividly the shouts of "Oh Fernando!" in the stands later in Bryant's career with the Jaguars. After leaving the Jaguars at the conclusion of the 2003 season, Bryant signed with the Detroit Lions where he was a starter from 2004 to 2007 and battled injuries while in Detroit. After the 2007 season, Bryant signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers and played in just 2 games. He retired after the 2008 season.
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