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Offline packman82  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, September 24, 2008 8:09:27 PM(UTC)
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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.
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#2 Posted : Wednesday, September 24, 2008 8:18:26 PM(UTC)
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Awww geez.
Thats so sad. That man has to be devastated.
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#3 Posted : Wednesday, September 24, 2008 8:36:03 PM(UTC)
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Wow. Unbelievably sad. I don't really know what to say.
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#4 Posted : Wednesday, September 24, 2008 8:39:27 PM(UTC)
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worst thing that can happen to a parent.
Offline vikesrule  
#5 Posted : Wednesday, September 24, 2008 8:48:11 PM(UTC)
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worst thing that can happen to a parent.


Agreed...a parents worst nightmare. Tragic.

"Children are not supposed to die...Parents expect to see their children grow and mature. Ultimately, parents expect to die and leave their children behind...This is the natural course of life events, the life cycle continuing as it should. The loss of a child is the loss of innocence, the death of the most vulnerable and dependent. The death of a child signifies the loss of the future, of hopes and dreams, of new strength, and of perfection.

This space is with me all the time it seems. Sometimes the empty space is so real I can almost touch it. I can almost see it. It gets so big sometimes that I can't see anything else".
- Arnold and Gemma 1983

My thoughts and prayers to the Bryant family.
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#6 Posted : Wednesday, September 24, 2008 9:37:16 PM(UTC)
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Ouch. My prayers out to the entire Bryant family.
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#7 Posted : Thursday, September 25, 2008 2:45:39 AM(UTC)
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Hate hearing things like this..

Hope the family can adjust and handle it as well as expected
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#8 Posted : Thursday, September 25, 2008 9:02:48 AM(UTC)
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Just a devastating thing to happen, no parent should have to go through with this.
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#9 Posted : Thursday, September 25, 2008 9:27:42 AM(UTC)
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Indeed I shall include them in my prayers.. I personally probably couldn't bear it.
Offline Mortfini  
#10 Posted : Thursday, September 25, 2008 10:19:19 AM(UTC)
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Wow That brought a tear to me eye,

thats a really sad story and goes to prove that football players might have everything but tragedys can still happen
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