Bryant, Joseph E. “Bogie” - Football, 1989
Bryant was a three-year letterman in football, a two-year letterman in basketball, and a varsity baseball player at Savannah High School. In 1974, he earned All-State honors for football and his team won the Georgia Championship. Bryant played a defensive position on the football team, moving along the line of expected attack; he was also a center on the offensive team. His teammates voted him “Best Team Player” in 1947 as well.
Bryant’s high school success set the stage for an outstanding career at Clemson University under the legendary Coach Frank Howard. There, he broke into the starting lineup as center in his sophomore year and continued at that position to his graduation. In 1950, with a 9-0-1 record, Clemson went to the Orange Bowl to play Miami, losing 15-14. A year later, the same teams were signed to play at the Gator Bowl; and Miami won once again. After graduation, Bryant continued his interest in football by officiating high school games in the area.