Bryant issues statement on son's death

September, 24, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

TAMPA, Fla. -- Buccaneers kicker Matt Bryant just issued a statement through the team about the death of his three-month-old son, Matthew Tryson Bryant, this morning. Tryson, as he was called by his family, was born June 16. Matt and Melissa have four older children. Details about Tryson's death have not been revealed, but the team said the child had not been sick and the incident was sudden.

"Melissa and I are overcome with the support we have received from the community through this difficult time,'' Bryant said. "We would like to thank our Buccaneer family and the Glazers for their support and outpouring of love.

"Tryson enriched our lives for the short period of time that he was with us and we will never forget his smile. We know Tryson's death has deeply touched the community and we appreciate the love and prayers from Buccaneers fans.''

The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Tryson's name to March of Dimes, 405 North Reo St., Suite 105, Tampa, Fla., 33609. For information, call (813) 287-2600.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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