MJL456: The pair will play after Danny Willetts withdrawal with a back injury last week

The pair will play after Danny Willetts withdrawal with a back injury last week

18 Jan 2020 at 06:55am
TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Alterraun Verner crouched down on the field for several seconds, holding tightly the ball he had just intercepted, as teammates gathered around him. As he made his way to the bench, and the magnitude of the moment set in, tears began to flow.Just 48 hours prior to kickoff, Verners father, Robert, had died suddenly from a heart attack at the age of 61. Robert had flown to Tampa from California to be with his son and his young family on Thanksgiving. Alterraun was not with the team Friday, but vowed to play, saying before the game that he was dedicating the performance to his father.My dad was my biggest fan, said Verner, who finished with an interception and two pass breakups in the Bucs 14-5 win over the Seattle Seahawks. He made so many sacrifices for me to get where I am today, and I just know that he wouldnt want to be the cause for me not to play, so thats why I decided to play. I wanted to honor him knowing all that he did to try to get me to where I am today.Verner and several of his teammates huddled up before taking the field and broke with Alterraun! He also wore a shirt underneath his uniform that had a picture of him and his father on it from when he was at UCLA. His wife, Sinae, made it for him.One thing that I wont ever forget about him was his smile, and that was one of my favorite smiles of his, Verner said. Its just to show that hes always with me and hes always going to be with me every game. Every step of the way, off the field or on the field, because of the type of man he was, is what made me into the man I am today.Verner described his dad as the most caring, loving person that you [would] ever know -- one who was willing to take his shirt off and give it to a person that he never knew.Verner, 27, said all his father ever asked of him every game was just to play my hardest.?I could give up three touchdowns or I could get three interceptions, and he would still love me the same, said Verner. So its a blessing on how it happened for us to get the win and everything, but all he ever wanted was for me to play hard, and thats what I did for him.After the national anthem, before kickoff, Verner was told he had been named a captain, along with Kevin Pamphile, who lost his mother during the preseason.It was emotional before the game. It was emotional at the coin flip, said Bucs coach Dirk Koetter.Then came the interception before the half, on a pass intended for Paul Richardson, when the Seahawks were within striking distance at the Tampa Bay 29, and Verner slipped in front of Richardson.Thats a power above me when that kind of stuff happens,?Koetter said.?Said defensive end Noah Spence: I cant even describe it ... for him to make that type of play after what happened to him is just a blessing. We just came together and talked about it, prayed about it. We knew that we were going to come out here and do this for him.Gerald McCoy said it felt like the Atlanta?game last year, after?Kwon Alexander had just lost his brother.That was incredible, McCoy said. You knew [Verner] was hurting, but he played his heart out. Wholesale Hurricanes Jerseys.Y. -- Sabres forward Drew Stafford has witnessed plenty of turmoil during his eight seasons in Buffalo. Carolina Hurricanes Gear. LOUIS -- Theres no telling how these wacky World Series games will end. www.cheaphurricanes.com/ /a>. Sulaiman, 44, was chosen unanimously Tuesday in a vote by the leadership, the World Boxing Council said. Sulaiman becomes the sixth president of the organization. Hurricanes Jerseys China. Hazard cut in from the left and scored with a swerving right-footed shot for ninth goal of the season, which proved to be enough for the victory despite Chelseas forwards again lacking a cutting edge up front. Carolina Hurricanes Shirts. Their experience showed Tuesday as the No. 10 Badgers blunted a Saint Louis surge to win 63-57 and advance to face West Virginia in Wednesdays finals of the Cancun Challenge. Andy Sullivan and Chris Wood will represent England at the World Cup of Golf this month.The pair will play after Danny Willetts withdrawal with a back injury last week and Justin Roses decision not to feature as he is still recovering from his own back problem.Roses call to turn down the invite allowed Wood to commit to the event and he selected Sullivan, who made his Ryder Cup debut for Europe this year, as his playing partner, meaning Lee Westwood, who was due to play with Willett, will no longer feature.ddddddddddddThe tournament takes place at Kingston Heath Golf Club in Melbourne from November 24-27, with 28 two-man teams representing their countries. Wholesale Jerseys ' ' '

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