'RIGHTEOUS MAN' | Morgan State football player dies in car crash
ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (WBFF) - A Morgan State University football player is dead, after a car crash in Ellicott City.
Saif Bryant died Sunday. He was 21 years old.
In Columbia, a father grieves the loss of a son.
"He was a righteous man," said Karende Bryant.
Saif's older brother became emotional when talking about what happened.
"To wake up in the morning and for somebody that you expect to see for the next 20 years not be there anymore, it's a lot to take in," said Khaliq Bryant.
Saif was a homegrown Howard County boy who grew up to become an honor student and football player at Morgan State University. He was a junior transfer student who was majoring in physical education.
"He's always looked for, or tried to find, the genuine in himself and as well as others, and that's the way we taught him to be," said Saif's father.
Howard County Police say Bryant was driving down Centennial Lane near Burnside Drive at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday when his car struck a tree and caught fire.
A preliminary investigation does not show any evidence that alcohol was involved.
At Morgan, word of the crash has spread across the close-knit campus.
"I'm from Howard County, so it just makes it that much closer to home for me," said Jordan Shepard, a sophomore on campus. "So, it's kind of like one of those heartbreaking things where it just touches everybody."
"We do thank everybody that has reached out and saying what they're saying about him," said Saif's father. "We are amazed at how many hearts he touched."
Police say the cause of the crash remains under investigation.