It was Red Bryant’s mother who gave him the nickname that has become his name, and the Seahawks’ defensive end is now going to show her the green.
During an interview on KJR with Dave Mahler, Bryant was asked what he plans to do with all his money now that the free-agent-for-a-few-hours has agreed to terms on a lucrative contract to remain in Seattle.
“Our first big purchase, I’m going to buy my mom a home,” Bryant said, who discussed the decision with his wife, Janelle – the daughter of Jacob Green, the franchise’s all-time sack leader who also wore No. 79 during his Ring of Honor career with the Seahawks.
“It’s a big dream that I’ve been wanting to do my whole life. I’m extremely grateful that the Seahawks are going to make that possible.”
Bryant grew up in Rock Hill, a small community outside Jasper, Texas. His given name is Joseph Anthony, but he has been Red since just after being born on April 18, 1984.
“My mom said that I was a red baby. She’s been calling me Red since I was a baby,” Bryant explained the day the Seahawks selected him in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft.
As for the Red-to-green signing “bonus,” Bryant offered, “I remember telling her when I was 10-years old that one day I was going to get her a house. At the time, she just laughed. She was like, ‘OK, baby.’
“But I’m going to finally be able to do that. I’m extremely, extremely grateful.”