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Greg Bryant (1994 - 2016)

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Greg Bryant (1994 - 2016)

Greg Bryant, a promising football running back with the University of Alabama at Birmingham, died May 8 in the wake of a shooting in south Florida, according to multiple news sources. He was 21.

Bryant, who first played football for the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, was found shot along with a passenger in a car on Interstate 95 early May 7 near Delray Beach, Florida, police told the Palm Beach Post. While the passenger, Maurice Grover, had only minor injuries, Bryant was hospitalized in critical condition.

Police are investigating the death as a homicide.

Bryant was the most prominent player on the school's inaugural recruiting roster since UAB relaunched its football program.

UAB’s head coach, Bill Clark, issued a statement mourning Bryant's death.

"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," Clark said of Bryant, who came to the school in January. "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.”

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