Dallas rookie wide receiver Michael Gallup received the devastating news of his brother’s death after Sunday’s game.
Now, with the support of teammates, he’ll suit up again.
Gallup was informed of his brother’s apparent death by suicide at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. He remained in Georgia with his family before returning to Texas on Tuesday. Gallup was in meetings and the team’s walk-through Wednesday and has every intention of playing Thursday, ESPN reported.
He has not spoken to the media since the tragedy, but broke his silence on Twitter thanking his teammates, friends and fans for their support.
“I want to thank my teammates, the Cowboys family, friends & fans for their love and support,” Gallup wrote. “It means so much that y’all are here for me and my family during this time.”
I want to thank my teammates, the Cowboys family, friends & fans for their love and support. It means so much that y’all are here for me and my family during this time.
— Michael Gallup (@michael13gallup) November 20, 2018
Coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday the organization is sensitive to how challenging this is for Gallup and his family.
“Well, I think all of these situations are unique,” Garrett said, via the Dallas Morning News. “The individual is unique, the circumstances, so I don’t know that there is a blanket statement that you can make.
“I do think for all of us as we go through challenging things that getting back to routine and structure typically can help us. But we’re certainly sensitive to where he’s been the last few days and how challenging a time this is for him and his family.”
Quarterback Dak Prescott also offered his sympathies and support looking back on the game he played after the loss of his mother five years ago. In college, Prescott’s mother died after a long battle with colon cancer, and the following week he faced Texas A&M.
“I know how the game helped me out,” Prescott said, via ESPN. “It just brings peace and allows me to go out there and be with a group of guys who you know have your back and almost get away from that. My heart is heavy for him. Don’t wish that upon anybody obviously. It’s not something you can plan to deal with or say football is going to help you deal with it when the time comes.
“But I just hope he knows we’re all behind him and we all support him and we’re going to be there for him.”
The Cowboys will host the Redskins at 4:30 p.m. ET for the second game of Thursday’s tripleheader.