In the wee hours of the morning on Saturday, former Notre Dame running back Greg Bryant Jr. and another man were found shot in a vehicle in the southbound lanes of Interstate-95. Bryant was listed in critical condition, while the other man suffered minor injuries.
Tragically, later Saturday afternoon, Bryant’s alma mater, American Heritage High School in Delray Beach, announced his passing.
UAB, where Bryant was set to resume his collegiate career, later released a statement of their own.
“We lost a member of our Blazer Family today with the senseless passing of Greg Bryant,” head coach Bill Clark said in a statement, via AL.com. “We were so excited to recruit Greg, welcome him to Birmingham and to UAB Football, and get to know him over the past several months. Greg was a very special talent and young man. He always had a smile on his face.
“While he was with us for a short time – too short – he was a big part of an exciting and historical time for our program and will always be a Blazer. Greg worked extremely hard this spring on the field and in the classroom. He told me his GPA this semester was the highest he has had in his life, and he was very proud. The light really went on for him here, and he had a bright future ahead of him. We in the UAB community are all deeply saddened, and we are praying for Greg and his family. He and his family deserved much better than this, and we are heartbroken.”
Many of Greg Bryant’s former teammates have taken to social media, including Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire, who released a touching tribute to his close friend earlier in the day.
— Malik Zaire (@MalikZaire8) May 7, 2016
Our deepest condolences go out to the Bryant family and all of those he touched during his 21 years of life.
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