Former Notre Dame running back Greg Bryant Jr. was shot early Saturday morning while driving on I-95 in West Palm Beach, Fla., according to a report in the Palm Beach Post.
Local police responded to a shooting at 4:45 a.m. and found two men, Bryant and Maurice Grover, who had been shot. Grover sustained minor injuries but Bryant, a product of nearby Delray Beach, was transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center in critical condition.
Bryant, who transferred from Notre Dame to ASA Junior College last August, was set to begin his senior year at UAB this fall. Many former Irish teammates asked for prayers for Bryant via social media on Saturday, including Ronnie Stanley, Jarron Jones and Dexter Williams.
Former Irish running backs coach Tony Alford, who recruited Bryant to Notre Dame, asked for prayers for his former player.
Bryant’s career at Notre Dame was a turbulent one, beginning with his medical red shirt as a freshman and ending with his suspension for a violation for team rules the summer before his junior year. Bryant was ultimately suspended for the entire season after failing to make grades in summer school.
While head coach Brian Kelly expressed interest in Bryant returning to the program at the time, there was little communication between player and head coach. Ultimately Bryant transferred to ASA against the wishes of his father, Greg Bryant Sr., who had been instrumental in the running back getting to Notre Dame in the first place.
At ASA, Bryant played for former Kelly aide Ernest Jones.