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EP 45: Interview With Retired Pro Football Player Bryant McKinnie

Bryant played 12 seasons in the NFL with the Viking, Ravens and Dolphins.  He is a big tennis fan, and plays consistently.  He played basketball growing up and didn’t start playing football until high school due to his size.  He quickly excelled at football and played on the defensive side of the ball as a d-lineman.  However he had to start at a junior college before going on to a top level school.  After Junior college, he decided to go to the University of Miami.  There he played with numerous future NFL stars like Ed Reed, Clinton Portis and Andre Johnson.  He won the Outland Trophy in 2001 and was a top prospect for the draft.  He traveled to New York and visited different places in the city which was recovering from the 9/11 bombings that happened the previous year.  He was picked by the Vikings, 7th overall.  He was part of the team that went to the NFC Championship game with Brett Favre at the helm.  He got his Super Bowl win as a member of the Ravens.  The game was known for the power outage that delayed the game an extra 30 minutes.  His career ended as a member of the Dolphins and he had to adjust to life after football.  He started a company with his business partner called Letz Chat.  It translates websites into different languages.  A great tool in this increasingly global economy.  He also started a company called Repent, which is a hangover cure for those that have had a few too many.  It was started with a different business partner and is growing as well.  For more information on Bryant and his businesses, please follow the links below.

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About the author, Lyle

1st round pick of the BC Lions in the 2001 draft, 3rd overall. 10 year CFL player, retiring in 2011. 2 Grey Cup appearances, winning in 2006.

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