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Who Is This Famous FL HS WR? Antonio Bryant/Miami Northwestern

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  • Made one of the most famous catches in south FL HS history.
  • Led his team to a state title.
  • NCAA All Big East and consensus All-American WR.
  •  One of the youngest winners of the Fred Biletnikoff Award
  • Second round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys
  • Over 5000 receiving yards in 8 NFL seasons

Who am I?  Where did I play in high school and college?

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Read about and see that famous catch below.  It is Antonio Bryant, who played for the Northwestern Bulls in hs and at Pitt in college.  Great job Mr 727!

Soul Bowl #2

In 1998, #1 ranked Northwestern met Jackson in the state semis in a game known as Soul Bowl 2.  Over 35,000 attended.  Down 14-2 with 2.5 minutes left, NW hit a bomb to bring the score to 14-9. NW did not recover the onside kick and with no timeouts left, the game was virtually over. After three plays, Jackson had the ball on their 24 yard line with 10 seconds left.  Jackson's coach called for his punter to turn tail and dash for his own end zone to give NW a safety.  Instead of inserting his punter, who had already fumbled once in the end zone, he called on the sure hands of his back-up quarterback. Junior Ronnie Jones lined up ten yards behind center and waited for the ball to fly into his hands.  He didn't wait long enough. Jones, who was in for his first play of the game, began to run toward the end zone even before the ball reached his hands. The ball fell to the ground, where it was swarmed by players from both teams. When the pile was unknotted, Northwestern owned the ball on the ten-yard line -- with six seconds left to play.  Now the game rested on one final play. Northwestern's offense lined up in a tight formation. Quarterback Sheffield took the snap, stepped back two feet, planted his cleats in the turf, and lobbed a blimp toward the south corner of the end zone. Northwestern receiver Antonio Bryant raced to meet the ball while jockeying for position with two Jackson cornerbacks. Bryant, taller than both his foes, was also savvy enough to stop suddenly and position himself in front of them. The ball landed in his outstretched hands as he fell to the ground.  Bulls 15-14. NW went on to win the state title against Bradenton Southeast.

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