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02nd Nov 2015

Emotional scenes as NFL team hails rookie’s big game in wake of brother’s death (Video)

Touching stuff

Gareth Makim

Playing in the NFL is hard enough at the best times, but Kwon Alexander’s efforts yesterday deserve a serious ovation.

The rookie linebacker had the biggest game of his fledgling career in Tampa Bay’s overtime win over the Atlanta Falcons, racking up 11 tackles and a pair of crucial turnovers.

And he did it all just a day after learning his younger brother Broderick was killed on Friday night in a fight in Alabama.

Alexander’s remarkable courage was hailed by team-mates in some great postgame locker room scenes, when the 21-year-old broke down with emotion as he received the game ball from Buccaneers veteran Logan Mankins.