Former Notre Dame running back Greg Bryant died Sunday, his family told CBS, after being found shot in a car Saturday morning in West Palm Beach, Fla. He was 21.
Bryant, who was driving the car, and a passenger, 25-year-old Maurice Glover, who sustained minor injuries, were found shot around 4:45 a.m. Saturday morning on Interstate 95. Bryant was trauma transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center in critical condition.
Bryant was reportedly "fighting for his life" Saturday and remained in critical condition, though there were erroneous reports he had died. Bryant was declared brain dead at 1 p.m. ET Sunday, according to the West Palm Beach Police Department.
"This is such a sad and tragic situation,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. “My thoughts and prayers, as well as those of everyone associated with the University of Notre Dame and its football program, are with Greg’s family at this incredibly difficult time.”
Bryant arrived at Notre Dame as a five-star member of the team’s 2013 recruiting class. He left the university last August after being ruled ineligible and transferred to ASA Miami, a Florida-based junior college. Last fall, Bryant announced he would transfer back to the FBS level with UAB.
In a recent interview with Bleacher Report, Bryant said he had been living out of a hotel room in Miami Gardens, Fla. while waiting to head to Birmingham to get started with the Blazers. He said after meeting with UAB coaches he knew he “was in a safe environment,” and spoke about getting a second chance after leaving Notre Dame behind.
During the spring before he left Notre Dame, Irish running backs coach Autry Denson spoke glowingly of the Delray Beach, Fla. native’s potential.
“I don’t think you can place a ceiling on anybody that’s willing to work,” Denson said. “And that’s the great thing about it. He has a great work ethic and I don’t want to place a ceiling on him.”
Bryant certainly had a positive impact on his former teammates and friends, many of whom tweeted messages about him:
Last time we took the field over together. Pray you look over me and give me the strength to finish what we started pic.twitter.com/TrKgS3Nyve— Malik Zaire (@MalikZaire8) May 8, 2016
Forever young. Rest easy GB pic.twitter.com/z56a1ylUE6— DeShone Kizer (@deshonekizer) May 8, 2016
Rest easy GB. Prayers out to you and your family brother pic.twitter.com/Uj28zFvAPH— Nicky Baratti (@NickyBaratti) May 8, 2016
I'm so heartbroken right now....Rest In Peace GB, gonna miss chopping it up with you!! 🙏🏽😇— John Turner (@Jayyt31) May 7, 2016
If only y'all knew this kid motivation and what he was about... RIP GB pic.twitter.com/wFY5PMUFGk— Jarron Jones™ (@Who_GotJones94) May 7, 2016
Speechless. GB you were one of a kind and so incredibly positive. Nobody had more sauce. Love you man, rest easy @GregBryantJr2— Joe Schmidt IV (@joeschmidtiv) May 7, 2016
God will welcome you into heaven with open arms my man. Prayers to your friends & family. You'll always be a brother to us 🍀 @GregBryantJr2— Scott Daly (@sdaly61) May 7, 2016
Heart just dropped during my workout. Saddened to hear this news. Love you GB.. Rest in peace my brother @GregBryantJr2 may God be with us— Avery Sebastian (@JimThqrpe4) May 7, 2016
My heartfelt prayers to Greg Bryant's family on his passing. Although he transferred he was still a part of the ND Football family #RIP— Reggie Brooks (@RegBrooks40) May 8, 2016