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‘He was with me today’: Star’s heartbreak

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Corey Davis has received a flood of support after the NFL star was spotted in tears ahead of his team’s game against the Indianapolis Colts on Friday.Davis lined up for the Titans just one day after his older brother, Titus, had passed away from a rare form of cancer.Watch LIVE coverage…

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Corey Davis has received a flood of support after the NFL star was spotted in tears ahead of his team’s game against the Indianapolis Colts on Friday.

Davis lined up for the Titans just one day after his older brother, Titus, had passed away from a rare form of cancer.

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Titus, 27, had a prolific school football career in which he broke several records for Central Michigan, including having the most career yards and touchdowns.

As the two teams lined up for the national anthem, cameras picked up Corey standing with his teammates as tears began to stream down his face.

Despite his heavy heart, Corey started and played the majority of the game in which the Colts won 34-17.

He finished the game with five catches for a total of 67 yards and spoke after the game about how his brother was on his mind each and every play.

“It’s definitely tough,” Davis said.

“But I just kept thinking this is what he wanted me to do. He wouldn’t want me to be sad and sulk and feel sorry for myself. I obviously miss him and wish he was here, but I know he’s in a better place and that he was with me today.

“As he was laying there all he kept telling my sister was to tell me to play, regardless of what happens. He just kept telling me to play, telling me to play throughout the whole process.

“That’s my biggest fan. Since I was a little kid I was always chasing after him and trying to be like him. I wore his number every year to copy him. He thought it was annoying, but I looked up to him tremendously. That was my idol, my hero. I tried to honour him tonight.”

Titans coach Mike Vrabel praised Davis after the game for being able to come out and play a day after losing his brother.

“I’m proud of not only Corey but his teammates, I’m proud of Corey and his ability to come out here. Our thoughts are with him and his family and I’m proud of his teammates for supporting him the way they did.,” he said.

Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill said he told Davis ahead of the game he was always going to be there for him.

“He showed a lot of toughness. It’s tough, the game is over but those feelings aren’t gone. I told him I love him, I’m here for him. I can’t imagine what all he’s going through. My heart goes out to him. I just want him to know I love him and care for him,” he said.

Nyheim Hines scored two touchdowns for the Colts who used an explosive second half to pull away and beat the Tennessee Titans in a clash between the two best teams in the AFC South Division.

Hines rushed for one touchdown and caught a pass for another and quarterback Philip Rivers surpassed Dan Marino for fifth place on the all-time passing yards list as the Colts won 34-17 to vault into a tie for first place with the Titans.

“It was a huge win,” said Rivers of the Colts, who outscored their opponent 21-0 in the second half.

“We felt good at the half. They slowed us down in the first half. The defence came up with huge stops, we got a blocked punt for touchdown, and we were efficient on offence all night long.”

Rivers surpassed Marino on the passing list with his first completion of the contest, an 11-yard toss to Jonathan Taylor. Rivers, in his 17th NFL season, ended the game with 61,666 passing yards. Marino compiled 61,361 passing yards in 17 seasons.

“I feel good physically. I can still make all the throws,” said Rivers. “I have always thrown with anticipation. I never had a (Patrick) Mahomes or (Aaron) Rodgers arm. I just never had that arm, anyway. Anticipation and throwing with accuracy is my game.”

Hines finished with a combined 115 rushing and receiving yards for the Colts, while Rivers completed 29 of 39 passes for 308 yards and a touchdown.

This is the first of two meetings between the teams in 17 days, as they play again on November 30 in Indianapolis.

with AFP

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