Chris Bryan (born 6 March 1982 in Melbourne, Australia) is a former sportsman who played both Australian rules football and American football professionally. Bryan played in the Australian Football League from 2005 until 2009, and then in the National Football League as a punter in 2010 and 2011.
|Born:||6 March 1982|
|Height:||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Weight:||220 lb (100 kg)|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career NFL statistics|
Australian Football League
Bryan is the great grandson of dual premiership player, Ernest 'Snowy' Lumsden, who played 78 games for Collingwood from 1910 to 1920. Bryan's great uncle was Collingwood legend Dick Lee. Bryan unsuccessfully trialled for the Collingwood rookie list in 2000 and spent the next 4 seasons playing in the VFL.
|Original team(s)||Frankston (VFL)|
Round 11, 4 June 2005, Carlton|
vs. Sydney Swans, at Docklands
|Height||197 cm (6 ft 6 in)|
|Weight||100 kg (220 lb)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2009.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
As a mature-aged recruit, Bryan was drafted in the sixth round (no.73 overall) by Carlton in the 2004 AFL Draft. Drafted as a 22 years old, Bryan was given a chance after showing enough at VFL level for both Sandringham and Frankston. He made his debut for Carlton in Round 11, 2005 against Sydney and showed an immediate sign he was an aggressive and mobile ruckman, having 20 disposals and 17 hitouts. He played the next 11 games, before being omitted for the last round of 2005. In round 21 he amazingly had zero disposals, but managed a career high 20 hitouts.
Bryan struggled in the 2006 season, as Dylan McLaren was recruited to fill the secondary ruck position behind Barnaby French. Bryan played only five games, all towards the end of the season, was dropped to the VFL reserves for the finals. Bryan was delisted by Carlton after two seasons.
During his time at Carlton, Bryan was noted for his long, left-foot kicking, and he often assumed responsibility for kick-ins. In response to this, Carlton fans would always chant "woof!" whenever Bryan kicked the ball; Bryan was the third Carlton player to receive the traditional chant, after Val Perovic in the 1980s and Ang Christou in the 1990s.
In 2007, Bryan nominated for the pre-season draft, and was selected by Collingwood with their 8th pick. Bryan made his debut for the Magpies in Collingwood's annual clash against Essendon on Anzac Day. A week later he played his best game in his short career, having 15 touches, 9 marks and kicking 3 goals at AAMI Stadium against Adelaide.
Bryan was called up for an injured Josh Fraser in a Semi-Final against West Coast in Perth, a famous game that saw Bryan kick a vital goal in extra time. Bryan played the following game in the preliminary final, 5-point loss, against eventual 2007 premiers Geelong. Bryan managed 12 games in his first season with his new club.
In 2008, Bryan played a further 17 games, including an elimination final against the Crows in Adelaide and a semifinal against St Kilda. Bryan played in round one of the 2009 season, his last game at AFL level. Bryan played the remainder of 2009 in the VFL and was de-listed by the Magpies at the conclusion of the season.
In late October, Bryan was invited to train with Hawthorn in the hope that he might be drafted by the club who at the time were in need of a ruck. However, Bryan was not drafted.
National Football League
Green Bay Packers
In February 2010, after training with Nathan Chapman and John Smith of ProKick Australia, it was revealed Bryan was close to signing a deal with one of a number of NFL teams in the United States as a punter.
Bryan was signed to a three-year contract by the Green Bay Packers on 16 March 2010.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
On 6 September 2010, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Bryan to a three-year contract and waived rookie punter Brent Bowden. Bryan played his first regular-season NFL game against the Cleveland Browns on 12 September at Raymond James Stadium, in Tampa, Florida. He was waived by Buccaneers on 13 October 2010 and replaced by Robert Malone.
Bryan returned to Melbourne and to Australian rules football in 2012, and was signed as senior playing coach of the Keysborough Football Club, where he had played his junior football, in the Casey-Cardinia division of the Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. He switched to the Peninsula Division's Bonbeach Football Club as a playing assistant coach in 2015.
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- Amy, Paul (29 October 2012). "Chris Bryan lobs in at Keysborough as senior coach". Leader. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
- "Senior Coaches". Sportingpulse. 1 July 2015.
- "Former AFL ruckman Bryan joins Bonbeach". Retrieved 1 July 2015.