On Sunday, the Dallas Cowboys scored a big win over the Atlanta Falcons, but their mood dampened when they heard about the tragic passing of wide receiver Michael Gallup's brother Andy due to suicide.
#Cowboys WR Michael Gallup will play today following the passing of his brother and an “African Children's Scholarship Fund” has been started to honor his brother Andy’s love of learning. The release and link: https://t.co/ljptfzI7bw pic.twitter.com/CNzZ6Rsm7Y— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 22, 2018
Today, Gallup will be on the field as the Cowboys play their most crucial game of the year so far against the Washington Redskins--and he's going to be honoring his brother both on and off the field.
The Gallup family announced today that they're starting a charity called the "African Children's Scholarship Fund" in Andy's honor, to celebrate his love of learning and academics, and to help other kids like him who were adopted from orphanhood in Africa:
Michael Gallup met with Cowboys coaches last night and took part in meetings and walkthrough today. Jason Garrett expects that he’ll play tomorrow #cowboyswire— David Helman (@HelmanDC) November 21, 2018
While Gallup will be playing with a heavy heart today, sometimes doing what you love is the best way to heal. I remember watching one of my favorite players, Ravens WR Torrey Smith, have the game of his life against the Patriots in the wake of his brother's death in 2012.
I wish Gallup all the same success today, and commend him even more for his actions off the field. Andy's death is a tragedy, but to make the best of it by helping people in his honor is a great way to make sure his impact is felt even beyond his time on earth.