Hoax football player lands NFL try after succumbing to Falcons bogus invitation
Former Austin Peay defensive back Juantarius Bryant believed he was going to have a chance to practice in front of the Falcons, only to find out the offer was a hoax.
Now he’s going to have his chance to try in front of the NFL teams after all.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted that Bryant was invited to the HUB Football tryout on May 23, an event that will include a number of NFL teams in attendance to watch free agent practice.
HUB Football has invited Austin Peay DB, Juantarius Bryant to their May 23 event, per source. Bryant was the victim of a test hoax last week, but will now attend the HUB event, as will the Falcons and others. Veteran agent Don Yee founded HUB as a new path for players to the NFL. https://t.co/doP5S5ggqz
– Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 17, 2021
Bryant explained in a tweet on Saturday that he was called by a number with the Atlanta area code and the caller was posing as Dean Pees, the Falcons’ defensive coordinator. He said he traveled to the Falcons facility on May 12 for what he believed to be a beginner’s mini-camp, only to find the offer bogus.
“I just want to apologize to everyone and the Atlanta Falcons organization for this confusion. I honestly thought it was a legitimate opportunity on my end,” Bryant wrote in his tweet.
It’s been a tough few days, but I felt the urge to purify the air and get it out of my chest. Honestly ready to get out of the situation. pic.twitter.com/yUJELOstZW
– Juantarius Bryant (@TheyLoveMyHair_) May 15, 2021
Bryant was a former walk-on with governors, according to his Twitter profile, and a team captain. At Austin Peay, he quickly established that he was going to have an impact on the team. He started eight games and appeared in the 12 as a red shirt sophomore in 2017 and won his team’s fourth most tackles at 65. 2019 he won first-team honors.