Cowboys rookie wide receiver Michael Gallup was informed Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta that a brother had died of an apparent suicide, 247Sports.com reported, news that left the team’s locker room after a big victory unexpectedly somber.
The #Cowboys tragedy regards the weekend death of the brother of WR Michael Gallup, apparently due to suicide. Our prayers are with Michael and his family.
— mike fisher ✭ (@fishsports) November 19, 2018
Teary-eyed team owner Jerry Jones told reporters only that the unusually quiet locker room after Dallas’ big 22-19 victory over the Falcons was because of a tragedy involving someone connected to one of the players, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
“We just found out after the ballgame that his brother had committed suicide and just wanted to leave it at that,” coach Jason Garrett said Monday on 105.3 The Fan (via the Star-Telegram). “Obviously a very personal matter. We’re all behind Michael and supporting him and his family, and this is a very challenging time for him. We’ll take it moment by moment, day by day and give him all of our love and all of our support.”
According to the Star-Telegram, Gallup remained in Georgia as the team returned to Dallas facing a short week.
The Cowboys (5-5), suddenly in the NFC playoff race with back-to-back road wins, play the first-place Redskins (6-4) on Thursday. Gallup’s status for that game was unclear as of Monday morning.
According to 247Sports.com, Gallup’s sister delivered the news to him in the visitors’ locker room in Atlanta. The name and age of Gallup’s brother who reportedly died has not been made public.
A rookie third-round pick, Gallup, 22, is the youngest of eight siblings, six of whom like him are adopted, per a report from The Coloradoan during his college days at Colorado State.
Gallup, who was born in Atlanta and grew up in nearby Monroe, Ga., had one reception for 10 yards in a Cowboys victory Sunday in front of family and friends.