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Cowboys’ Michael Gallup speaks out on big performance one year after brother’s tragic passing

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Michael Gallup put on a show, as he helped the Dallas Cowboys defeat the Detroit Lions. This showing was special to the second-year receiver for an entirely different reason.

He caught a career-high nine passes on the anniversary of his brother’s untimely passing. Todd Archer noted that Gallup dedicated the win to his brother.

He lost his older brother, Andrew, last year when he suddenly took his own life. It happened during a rookie season that saw him struggle through the first half. After his brother’s passing, he stepped it up as a tribute. Michael Gallup finished his rookie campaign with 507 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

He talked about how his brother’s loss affected how he will look at his career. Per the Dallas Cowboys:

“It was a little bit different than most rookie seasons. I’m never going to be able to think about it without thinking about the tragedy,” Gallup says. “On the field, it wasn’t bad. At first rocky, started picking up some stuff in the middle here and there, some games I showed what I can do, and toward the end it really started to click.”

His focus to be great for himself and his family has become one of the reasons why he’s one of Dak Prescott’s favorite targets. He’s already eclipsed his rookie numbers in nine games, notching 530 yards and three receiving touchdowns.

Only a few can imagine how difficult it is to continue being excellent despite of all the things happening around him. It is thus incredible that he’s still playing well in spite of all the personal hurt he’s gone through.