View Full Version : Matt Bryants son passes away

09-24-2008, 09:30 PM
How tragic my thoughts go out to the Bryant family. I wonder if he was their only baby.


Three-month-old son of Bucs' Bryant passes away
September 24, 2008, 7:57 PM ET

TAMPA, Fla. -- The 3-month-old son of Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Matt Bryant died Wednesday morning, coach Jon Gruden said.

Matthew Tryson Bryant apparently died in his sleep, Gruden said. The coach did not have further details. Matthew was born June 16.

"We're shocked and very saddened by this," Gruden said. "It's just a horrible tragedy, and I can't explain it."

Gruden said he was not sure if Bryant will play in Sunday's game against Green Bay. The player's situation would be addressed later in the week, the coach said.

"The entire Buccaneer family is deeply saddened by this tragedy," Buccaneers general manager Bruce Allen said in a statement. "The Bryants have been an inspiration to our entire community through their commitment to their family and their exhaustive efforts working with children and those in need in the Bay area. Our thoughts and prayers are with Matt and Melissa during this difficult time.''

Bryant, a seventh-year pro in his fourth season with Tampa Bay, kicked a winning field goal in overtime against Chicago last Sunday. Two years ago, he made the third-longest field goal in NFL history, a 62-yarder to beat Philadelphia.

09-25-2008, 12:08 AM
How tragic.

El-Gonzo Jackson
09-25-2008, 12:29 AM
Thoughts and prayers go out to him and the family. Its gotta be any parents worst nightmare.

09-26-2008, 09:45 PM
Thats terrible! My condolences to him and his family.

09-27-2008, 11:34 AM
Wow! Prayers go out to your family.

Steeler in Carolina
09-27-2008, 04:46 PM
I don't know how he could play. I don't think I would.

Steeler in Carolina
09-28-2008, 01:25 PM
I am amazed he is playing today.

09-28-2008, 02:03 PM
i'm guessing him playing football will help him cope with the loss..

The Duke
09-28-2008, 02:59 PM
and he may have kicked the game winning field goal for the bucs

that guy's tough

09-28-2008, 03:11 PM
Losing a child is the most severe form of pain any parent can suffer - I know that all too well.

Thoughts and prayers go out to Matt and Melissa Bryant and their family. God needed another angel and chose little Matthew. RIP sweet boy.

09-29-2008, 02:43 PM
He played in tribute to his son. Truly hard to do I would guess as I hope I never have to find out.

09-29-2008, 03:05 PM
A very sad situation that I also would not want to experience either. Please just remember that family in all prayers..