Deena, a 6-foot-2, 270-pound cornerback, was an all-state athlete and a two-time All-American at Arizona State.
She started her career in the NFL as a safety in 1996.
She was traded to the New York Jets in 2001 and made her NFL debut in 2005.
In 2013, Bryant became the first player in NFL franchise history to record two straight 1,000-yard seasons.
In 2015, Bryant won the first-ever women’s NFL Rookie of the Year award.
Bryant is the first cornerback to have more than 2,000 career interceptions, and she is second only to Joe Haden in NFL interceptions (2,988).
The Dallas Cowboys are the only team to have two Super Bowl-winning corners.
Bryant also has a career postseason interception total of 36, second-most in NFL History behind Pro Football Hall of Famer Kurt Warner (39).
Bryant’s season-ending knee injury has not been revealed, but she has been described as “fearless and composed.”
In her first season with the Jets, Bryant was a three-time Pro Bowler.
In the 2017 season opener, she intercepted three passes in the fourth quarter.
Bryant played a key role in New York’s playoff run in 2017, recording five tackles in the postseason.
Bryant has earned All-Pro honors in three consecutive seasons, including the 2017, 2018 and 2019 seasons.
Deena’s jersey number was retired by the NFL after the 2017 and 2018 seasons.