KNS: Bryson's Long Road To Graduation

The Knoxville News Sentinel's Andrew Gribble has a nice feature on former Vol and NFL player Shawn Bryson, who is graduating from UT on Friday: Shawn Bryson reaches endzone

Here's a glimpse:

The commute never became routine. In the final weeks, with his ultimate goal finally in sight, it only grew more difficult.

For the past 15 Tuesdays, former Tennessee fullback Shawn Bryson would wake up at 3:30 a.m. in his Atlanta home and be on UT's campus by 8 a.m. Five classes and 12 hours later, the 35-year-old Bryson would check into a local hotel.

Wednesdays were spent exclusively at the Thornton Athletics Student Life Center, where he'd spend hours with his tutors and rub elbows with current UT student-athletes. Thursdays were just like Tuesdays -- five classes, 12 hours, barely any time to eat -- only the three-hour drive came at the end of the day, bringing him back to his family and reminding him why exactly he was putting himself through this arduous grind in the first place.

Friday, nearly 13 years since he ended his UT career with a national title, Bryson will graduate with a bachelor's degree in political science.

"When you're on a mission to do it, it's not a big deal," Bryson said. "I've dedicated my time to get this done and out of the way.

"I'm on a mission to get it finished."

Read the full story in the Knoxville News Sentinel: Shawn Bryson reaches endzone

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