Junior Bryant's Time Expires With 49ers --08/28/01
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Seven year veteran defensive tackle and end, Junior Bryant was released from the 49ers on Monday. Bryant, who was working his way back from injury failed what would be his last physical with the team. Concerns regarding Bryant's neck and back were still apparent and thus the 49ers waived the thirty year old.

Bryant, originally an undrafted free agent, came to the 49ers and was quickly recognized for his versatility. Throughout his tenure with the team, Bryant started 43 games and played in 83 consecutive games. He finished his career with 206 tackles and 13.5 sacks.

A fan favorite for the longest time, the undersized Bryant (6'4" 278 lbs), played with more heart than most. His contributions to the team allowed them to win a Super Bowl in 1994 as he rotated across the line with the likes of Bryant Young, Dana Stubblefield, Roy Barker and Chris Doleman.

An inspiration both on and off the field, Bryant is regarded as one of the strongest characters on the team. Bryant fought all odds after falling victim to severe burns in 1986. He used the experience to build his character, and made it his goal to help others in his situation.

Junior Bryant will be remembered as one of the most dedicated 49ers. His appreciation for the game, the fans and his team were unmatched. 49ers Paradise wishes Bryant the best in his recovery from his current injury.

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