No one would have blamed Kwon Alexander if he had chosen not to play following the murder of his brother, but the rookie NFL linebacker operated out onto the field anywayand had the game of his life.
Alexander registered a team-high 11 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday en route to a thrilling overtime win against the Atlanta Falcons.
Alexander’s performance came just two days after his younger friend was shot and killed during a fight that occurred near the siblings’ hometown of Anniston, Alabama.
I cant believe u gone lil bro @Brod_Taylor Ima hold it down tho human! Just watch over me human I love you man! Wish I could’ve took u with me
Of his performance, Alexandersaid,
It’s been hard, man. He was my little brother, but I know he’d want me to be strong for him, and I came out here and dedicated this game to him.[ I was] very determined because[ he] wanted me to do it. All he wanted me to do is ball, so dedicated it to him.
After the game, the Bucs’ locker roomcongratulated Alexander on his performance and proceeded to give him the recognition he was dueduring an emotional rallying cry.
But, of course, Alexander saved the most recognition for his fallen brother.
Alexander the Great (@ Showtime1 7Kwon) November 1, 2015