One day after the funeral for his 3-month-old son Matthew Tryson, Tampa Bay Buccaneer kicker Matt Bryant took to the field Sunday with his team, and had a perfect game. After kicking a field goal late in the fourth quarter — his third of the day — to seal a win against the Green Bay Packers, Matt wiped tears from his eyes and blew a kiss towards the heavens, offering thanks to his baby boy. "I talked with him personally, in my head, throughout the game," the 33-year-old revealed after the game. "I just wanted to remind him that he is my baby boy, and that he is with me at all times." Although sitting out the game would have been understandable, Matt felt it was important to play.
"I didn’t think it was very fair that his life was so short. This is the best way I believed I could get out and honor him. I miss him, and I wish he was here. He was here. And he helped out."
Coach Jon Gruden, who announced the news of Tryson’s death from SIDS following practice on Wednesday, presented Matt with the game ball in the locker room after Sunday’s game. Matt and wife Melissa are also parents to Tre, 2 years old today, along with Daniel, Jacob, Joshua and Madison, Melissa’s children from a previous relationship.
The family asks that any memorial contributions be made in Tryson’s name to March of Dimes, 405 North Reo Street, Suite 105, Tampa, FL 33609.