Martavis Bryant is being forced to spend the 2016-17 NFL season away from the professional game because of repeated positive drug tests, but that isn’t keeping him away from football altogether.
According to ESPN, which spoke with Bryant’s agent Thomas Santanello, Bryant will spend the forthcoming season living and training in Henderson, Nev. When he’s not working out five days a week at Van Hook Sports Performance, Bryant plans to serve as a wide receivers coach at a Henderson-area high school, the name of which has not been finalized.
Santanello said Bryant will supplement those efforts with volunteering at a local hospital at least once a week, all aimed at getting him back on the right track after he previously sought treatment following a positive test leading in to the 2015-16 season. Both athlete and agent are now pledging that Bryant will learn from the coming season, all while getting an earlier start on a coaching career than he or most others would have imagined.
“He’s as focused as I’ve seen him in a while,” Santanello told ESPN. “He’s keeping very busy. He enjoys working with kids.”
Bryant can apply for reinstatement in January.