Bobby Bryant (born January 24, 1944) was a cornerback for the Minnesota Vikings during the days of the Purple People Eaters (1968–1980). Bryant was a fierce competitor despite his size (his playing weight probably never exceeded 170 pounds) leading to the nickname "Bones". Predictably, he was often injured during his career, but when healthy, he was known as a big-play cornerback, often making a key interception to win a big game or to preserve a win when it appeared the opponent was about to score. Bryant is second on the Vikings all-time list with 51 career interceptions, and recorded the longest interception return in team history with a 63-yard pick six against the Dallas Cowboys in 1973. (Paul Krause leads with 53). He was named to the 1975 and 1976 NFC Pro Bowl squads. He is one of 11 Vikings to have played in all four of their Super Bowls in the 1970s. He also played on special teams returning kicks and punts and was known for blowing kisses to the crowd. In the 1976 NFC Championship game, Bobby Bryant returned a blocked FG attempt by the Los Angeles Rams' Tom Dempsey for a TD and had 2 interceptions in the game.
- ^ "Reed rumbles 108 yards for NFL record | Longest interception returns by team". Pro Football Hall of Fame. November 24, 2008. Retrieved June 2, 2014.
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