Brett Brian lifted as a middle-heavyweight at both the 1988 and 1992 Olympics. He won five weightlifting medals at the Pan American Games, winning two bronzes in 1987 and three silvers in 1991. Brian attended Southeastern Louisiana State University, where he played football and ran track, graduating with a degree in finance in 1985. Brian was a three-time US Champion and was named the outstanding US lifter at the 1990 Goodwill Games. His son, Hunter Brian, later became a Junior Olympic weightlifting champion in 2011.