Eric Bryant Joins his Father in the HHS Sports Hall of Fame
On January 6, 2017, Eric Bryant was inducted into the HHS Sports Hall of Fame joining his father, Eric Bryant, Sr., as the only father and son duo inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Eric Bryant, Sr., his basketball coach, said, "Eric’s leadership skills, basketball instincts, knowledge of the game and competitive nature made him a coach on the floor that was instrumental in leading our Red Devils to their first appearance in the Class 1A State Championship game." Eric’s football coach, Gary Vicini, was quoted, "As a three year starter on offense and defense, Eric worked and got better with experience. He was an outstanding player. His desire, discipline, and dedication made him one of the best football players that I had the opportunity to coach." He was truly an all-around athlete, competing in football, basketball, baseball and track. He earned four varsity letters in basketball, three in football, two in baseball and two in track. Eric was named Athlete of the Year his senior year by the News Tribune and Peoria Journal Star as well as Co-Athlete of the Year by the Bureau County Republican. Eric was a three-year two-way starter in football. He rushed for over 3,100 yards, had over 800 receiving yards on 32 receptions and 21 touchdowns. Eric also had 31 career interceptions. He was named to the All-State Team and received Honorable Mention All American by the USA Today. He was a four-year starter in basketball and amassed many post-season awards including an All-State berth on the IBCA team as well as the Class A Leadership Award. He scored almost 1,000 points in his career to rank among Hall’s top scorers. He had an amazing total of 288 assists in his senior year. In baseball, Eric was second team All-Conference in the NCIC and led his team in hits, runs scored, and batting average. He participated in track for two seasons and was on the State qualifying 4X100 and 4X200 relay teams. During his Hall High School career, Eric represented his school, community, and family as a fierce competitor and a sportsman as well. He was always a gentleman and remains so today. He exemplifies the qualities of a Red Devil Hall of Famer.