Greenville's Million Bryant signs with Ohio Northern University football. (L-R) Leah Bryant (mother), Bryant, John Bryant (father). (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Greenville’s Bryant signs with ONU

Million Bryant sigs to play football for the Ohio Northern University Polar Bears football program

GREENVILLE – Million Bryant, the son of Leah and John Bryant signed to play football for the Ohio Northern University Polar Bears while continuing his education with a major in Business Management / Business Law.

“It’s a good feeling to know that I can continue to play the sport that I love to play at a school that will give me the opportunity to play and further my education,” said Bryant. “I want to continue in business. I know they have a good business program over there and I also want to go to school that gives me an opportunity to play again and Ohio Northern gives me all those options.”

“Million has meant a lot to this program over the past four years,” Greenville football coach, Bart Schmitz stated. “He has really matured over that time and he’s a heck of a ballplayer for us. It’s always neat when you see kids in your program take that next step and want to further their education whether that’s a trade or going to college. He is developing himself into a nice young man.”

Bryant played both sides of the line for the Green Wave including wide receiver on offense and as a defensive back on the defensive side of the ball.

“I see them using me on the offensive side as a weapon,” Bryant noted. “I’ve seen film and I fit pretty well inside there. They have a nice good game plan for my role and my size.”

“He’s going to be a really good wide receiver for them,” Coach Schmitz stated. “He’s going to continue to accept the coaching, he’ll continue to get better at his craft – I see him having a really nice career as a wide receiver.”

“Our number one goal in this program is to make sure that you are doing things the right way to set yourself up to find success in life and he has chosen the college route,” Schmitz added. “I am extremely proud of him and I know he is going to have a great career up there.”

Bryant was quick to thank the many that helped him reach his goal of continuing his education while playing football at the next level.

“I want to thank my family for letting me play,” Bryant said. “It takes a lot out of them to not see me a lot during the season. I want to thank all of my coaches especially Coach Bart Schmitz. He helped me grow on the football field – he gives me a hard time sometimes but I know it’s better for me.”

“Thanks also to Coach Bobby Jones (GHS varsity boys basketball coach). I’ve only been with him two years but he has taught me toughness and toughness will go a long way with playing college ball.”

“Truman (Nicholas) and DJ (Zimmer) have been with me since I was little,” continued Bryant. “Truman and me have always been pretty hard hitters so every time when we were little we had to drill, our coach would let us go against each other when we were little. It’s really too bad DJ didn’t get to play with me his senior year but just playing football with those two makes it more fun. The competitiveness we have between us three and then to go out there and play as a team against another team is pretty cool.”

“Million was very coachable, he worked hard, he showed up and as a coach that is all you can ask for,” Coach Schmitz concluded. “He would play when he was hurt, didn’t complain, did whatever the coaches asked him to do and he was a great team player for us.”

 

ONU football signee Million Bryant and Greenville varsity football coach, Bart Schmitz. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Green Wave athletes and ONU signee Million Bryant. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Million Bryant ONU football singing. (L-R) GHS basketball coach, Bobby Jones, Bryant and GHS football coach, Bart Schmitz. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
(L-R) Million Bryant and DJ Zimmer. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
(L-R) Truman Nicholas and Million Bryant. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
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Gaylen Blosser / Publisher

Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics. Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award. Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@darkecountynow.com or 937-459-9547.

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