Kwon Alexander played against the Atlanta Falcons and dedicated the victory to his little brother

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The Tampa Bay buccaneers rookie linebacker played an emotional game Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons less than 48 hours after his 17-year-old brother was murdered.

Alexander helped the Bucs lead with a game-high 11 tackles and assists, adding an interception and his first fumble recovery in the team’s 23-20 overtime victory. After the game Alexander confirmed the death of his little brother, Broderick Taylor II. He was shot in their hometown of Anniston, Ala during a fight.

“It’s been hard, man,” Alexander said. “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.”

Alexander took social media to share his feelings and honor his brother, he said “This one was for you lil soldier! I love you baby boy!”

Tampa coach, Lovie Smith said he didn’t want to come between his decision to play.

“I left it up to him,” Smith explained. “I can’t imagine losing your 17-year-old brother when you’re fairly young, too. Again, football is a haven for you sometimes. It’s a place to go … his teammates were there for him, being supportive.”

Alexander played against the Flacons the best game of his young career, picking off Atlanta QB Matt Ryan in the end zone on the first possession of the game, he also took off on a 93-yard return, caught at the Falcons’ 11-yard line by Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones.

“I never give up,” Alexander said. “He wouldn’t let me.”

As he left the field, he broke down in tears.

“When you’re doing something for a purpose, family is a strong thing,” Jameis Winston said. “When something happens to your family and you’re a true man and you go out and represent for your family like that, that just says a lot. Everybody in that locker room has tremendous respect for the man that he is.

“For him to be a rookie is even more amazing,” the quarterback added.”That’s my brother.”

Alexander thanked his teammates for cheering him up.

“Just losing my brother, and them being there, my brothers, I appreciate them,” Alexander said. “It means so much to me that they’re there for me.”

 

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