The Dallas Cowboys family suffered a tragedy over the weekend when the brother of rookie wide receiver Michael Gallup committed suicide. Gallup found out on Sunday, as the Cowboys were defeating the Atlanta Falcons. Gallup has largely remained quiet ever since as he and his family mourn the loss, and the Cowboys have done everything in their power to support the young receiver in this difficult time. Now, only days later, Gallup has broken his silence on Twitter to thank everyone who has stood by his side over the past few days.
“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.”
Gallup has been away from the team since Sunday’s game for obvious reasons, but according to Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News, he does intend to play on Thanksgiving against the Washington Redskins in Dallas. That is his choice, as the team has offered him as much time away as possible as he needs, but it seems as if he wants to play against the Redskins in Thursday’s critical showdown, perhaps as a way of distracting himself for a few hours before having to think about everything that is happening off of the field.
That is a thought process that Dak Prescott can relate to. His mother passed away in November of 2013, when he was still in college at Mississippi State. He played in the first game after the funeral, a loss to Texas A&M, but as he told David Helman of DallasCowboys.com, it was a therapeutic experience for him.
“I know how the game helped me out. 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 with that upon anybody, obviously. It’s not something you can plan, 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.”
Prescott wound up missing the next two games of that college season with an elbow injury, but he made the choice to play in the immediate aftermath of his mother’s passing. There is no single way to deal with grief, especially when it comes from a tragedy of this magnitude. Some need to get away from everything for weeks or months. Others need the distraction of their real life. Every person handles these situations differently. For now, all that matters is that the Cowboys and their fans are giving Gallup all of the support that they can. That’s all anyone can do.