Last year against Idaho, Fresno State’s Jaron Bryant had not one, but TWO blocked field goals for a touchdown…in the same quarter!
That is something that had never happened before in college football. But Bryant doesn’t want all of the credit.
“Honestly, I just thank my teammates for going up and like, actually giving it their all on the field goal block unit,” he says. “Because we teach it day in and day out, if you give it your all, we can go get one. We got two that game, I just thank Tank (Kelly) and Mike (Walker).”
The first thing you notice when you talk with Jaron Bryant is his voice. His DEEP voice.
“I couldn’t tell you (where it comes from),” he laughs. “My mom and my aunt said it’s been deep ever since I was little. I don’t know, I couldn’t tell you.”
If voice-over work isn’t in the future for Bryant, he says his calling is going back home to Fort Worth, Texas. He would like to help out in his community.
“Especially the youth, it’s hard growing up sometimes,” he says. “If you don’t have a positive role model in your life or somebody to tell you you can do this.
“You hear it all the time, the saying, ‘if you don’t have anybody to look up to, who are you going to look up to?'”
Jaron Bryant has two younger brothers. In his words, he was their “father figure” growing up.
“They’re very good kids,” he says. “It takes a lot of discipline, of course, because they’re still young and think they know it all, but they’re good kids.”
As for Bryant, when he was a kid his mother was his role model.
“She went to work every day. She had two jobs, was going back to get her associate degree and still supported me and my two younger brothers as a single parent,” he says with pride. “It was hard, sometimes. We didn’t have lunch or dinner at night, but she still made her ways. All the bills were paid, the lights never went out, water was always on. That’s just my role model right there, my mom.
“She’s just caring, lovable, dedicated, hardworking…she’s got everything you look for in a mother. A+, A+, A+++. She did good.”
Being in California, Jaron Bryant’s family does not get to see him play often in person. But this year, they will get to see him twice: once at New Mexico State, the other will be on Senior Day against Nevada.
“The flights from Dallas to Fresno are like $400 a ticket,” he says. “We don’t have money like that, we are not rich like that. We are trying to survive… but I know I have them in my heart every day, just like they have me in theirs. It doesn’t matter that we can’t see each other every day, because I know we’re in each others’ heart.”