Kelvin Bryant – Philadelphia Stars

Kelvin Bryant winning plunge in 44-38 OT 1983 playoff win over Blitz

Kelvin Bryantrushed for more than 100 yards in six of Philadelphia’s eight playoff games as the Stars were 7-1 in the post-season.  The Stars ran a ball-control offense that was centered around Bryant.

In the 1985 USFL Championship, Bryant earned MVP honors, rushing for 103 yards and three touchdowns against the Oakland Invaders. The final TD run was the game-winner as the Stars took a 28-24 lead midway through the fourth quarter.

Bryant totaled more than 4,000 yards in his three USFL seasons as the Stars won a league-best 41 games.

Ray Bentley, who played against the Stars in the ’83 and ’85 Championship, said, “I remember how difficult it was to tackle him [Bryant], that’s the thing I remember most from the first USFL Championship.”

Stars center Bart Oates said, “Kelvin ran like a back that was 240 pounds, not 195.”

Bryant’s career with the Redskins was cut short after a knee in jury against the Raiders in 1988. His NFL numbers were modest but solid: In 46 NFL games, he combined for more than 2,700 yards with 20 touchdowns. Bryant won two USFL Championships with the Stars and won a Super Bowl as a member of the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XXII.


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