A football player loses last chance to gunshots on a South Florida highway

Greg Bryant
Greg Bryant

Former Notre Dame running back Greg Bryant, who played junior college ball at ASA Miami in 2015, fit Alabama-Birmingham football perfectly. Bryant’s second and last chance at college football came from a program getting its second chance after a resurrection.

What Bryant appreciated he never got to enjoy. As The Palm Beach Post reported, Bryant was declared brain dead Sunday, a day after being found with gunshot wounds in a car alongside Interstate 95 in West Palm Beach.

The gunshot injuries sustained by passenger Maurice Glover, 25, were minor, police told The Post.

Bryant’s football career played like a cover of cautionary tales sung by South Florida sports community activist Wesley Frater: high school football star gets a golden athletic and educational opportunity at a school, fumbles it. Bryant ran Delray Beach American Heritage to a 2011 state title with 243 yards on 38 carries in a 30-3 route of Madison County. While running for 1,447 yards his senior season, 247sports.com ranked him the nation's No. 7 running back. and Rivals.com rated him a five-star recruit. He committed to Notre Dame in December 2012.

But after getting into only three games as a freshman and running for 289 yards as a sophomore, Bryant got into trouble. A four-game suspension for violating team rules became irrelevant when he became academically ineligible for 2015. He transferred to ASA, where he ran for 77 yards on nine carries in his lone appearance. UAB, ended as a program after the 2014 season then revived six months later, needed players for its 2017 return. Bryant needed a school for his last season of college-affiliated football. Perfect fit.

And, seemingly, lesson learned.

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