When Ardmore’s Brayden Bryant signed his original National Letter of Intent to play football for Northeastern Oklahoma A&M just over three weeks ago, he hinted there could be something bigger on the horizon for himself.

When Ardmore’s Brayden Bryant signed his original National Letter of Intent to play football for Northeastern Oklahoma A&M just over three weeks ago, he hinted there could be something bigger on the horizon for himself.

Wednesday afternoon, he showed that to be a true statement.

In front of his teammates, classmates, coaches and family members, Bryant made his college future official this time, putting pen to paper on a National Letter of Intent to play football in Colorado Springs, Colorado for the United States Air Force Academy Falcons.

“This is just showing me that all my hard work has paid off for me,” Bryant said. “I can’t describe just how much this means to me. Growing up I didn’t know much about the Air Force Academy, but I got very interested after the coaching staff visited here and said they were interested in me.”

“A week later they (Air Force) made an offer to me,” Bryant added. “I went up there in June for an official visit with my mom (Renee) and fell in love with the campus, the location, and just everything. They are all about discipline and high character and that’s a big thing with me is having structure and being disciplined. Plus you get to serve the best thing in the world which is the United States Military.” 

In his last official season as an Ardmore Tigers football player, Bryant left his mark on the field.

He was named a Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year selection on the 5A-1 All-District list, as well as being a member of the All-Ardmoreite Football team. He was also a member of the 2018 All-Ardmoreite football team. 

Ardmore made the state finals this season in Class 5A and finished with an overall record of 13-1. 

Last season in track, Bryant finished as a state champion in the Class 5A shot put event.

“I can’t describe how much my mom (Renee), dad (Sheriff Chris Bryant), and Lauren (Blankenship) have done for me over this process,” Bryant said. “They gave me so much mental support, and did a lot of the hard work. I wouldn’t want anyone else up there with me except those people.”

“I owe so much to the coaches at Ardmore as well,” Bryant added. “I can’t thank them enough for everything they have done for me.”

Bryant plans on studying business while in school.