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Matt Bryant Day




Matt Bryant stopped by the Bucs training facility Monday morning for a workout but got much more than a little exercise.

Little did he know Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio was going to greet him with a proclamation from the city that makes this Matt Bryant Day as a tribute to the kicker's 62-yard, game-winning field goal against the Eagles on Sunday.

Even the mayor professed to have significant doubts about Bryant's ability to make the kick. That's why when he converted and the Bucs won 23-21, she felt it necessary to mark the occasion.

Judging by his attire in the impromptu press conference -- a T-shirt, shorts and flip-flops -- Bryant wasn't expecting all the attention. But slowly, the magnitude of kicking the second-longest field goal in NFL history is beginning to set in for the Texan.

"It's not every day you get to do that," Bryant said. "You can count on two fingers how many other people have kicked it that far. Right now, I'll relish it and have fun with it."

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:43pm]


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