No one would have criticized Kwon Alexander if he had chosen not to play following the murder of his brother, but the rookie NFL linebacker ran out onto the field anyway and 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 brother was shot and killed during a fight that occurred near the siblings' hometown of Anniston, Alabama.
Of his performance, Alexander said,
After the game, the Bucs' locker room congratulated Alexander on his performance and proceeded to give him the recognition he was due during an emotional rallying cry.
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But, of course, Alexander saved the most recognition for his fallen brother.
Citations: After loss of brother, Alexander plays Bucs' starring role with a heavy heart (ESPN)