Former Notre Dame running back Greg Bryant was declared brain dead Sunday after being shot in the early hours Saturday while driving near his home in South Florida.
The 21-year old Bryant, who had just finished his first semester at the University of Alabama Birmingham, was found by police at 4:45 a.m. Saturday alongside passenger Maurice Grover, who had also been shot. Both were transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center, with Bryant in critical condition. Grover’s wounds were described as minor.
A source told Irish Illustrated that Bryant sustained gunshot wounds to the head and neck area.
West Palm Beach Police spokeswoman Lori Colombino said Bryant was declared brain dead at 1 p.m. today. Her statement added that the investigation is now classified as a homicide.
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly issued a statement on Sunday.
“This is such a sad and tragic situation,” 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’s Notre Dame career lasted just two seasons and totaled 57 carries for 303 yards and three touchdowns. He was suspended for a violation of team rules during the summer before his junior season, with that suspension extended to the full season after Bryant failed to make grades.
Bryant transferred to ASA junior college in South Florida where he played last season for former Kelly assistant Ernest Jones before transferring to UAB for his final two years of eligibility.