Strong Rock hires former NFL player Bryant

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Fernando Bryant played 10 seasons in the NFL with the Jaguars, Steelers and Lions.

Strong Rock Christian announced Tuesday the hiring of 10-year NFL veteran Fernando Bryant as head football coach.

Bryant most recently had been defensive backs coach at Limestone College in Gaffney, S.C. He was defensive coordinator at Creekside Christian in McDonough the season prior and lives with his family in McDonough.

“I wasn’t looking for a job.” Bryant said. “I was happy at Limestone, but when this one came open, I felt like it was calling my name. Everything I’ve heard about Strong Rock is great. Once I had my first interview, I knew this was the place for me. I love the fact that it has a family environment. I’m looking forward to building men of God and great football players at Strong Rock.”

Bryant played at Alabama, was a first-round pick of the Jaguars in 1999 and made 109 starts in the NFL, mostly at cornerback. He was a member of the Steelers’ Super Bowl XLIII championship team.

Strong Rock, a private school in Locust Grove, started varsity football in 2007 and was 3-7 last season under Tommy Webb. The program has yet to have a winning season.


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