Tennessee Titans wide receiver Corey Davis had a lot on his mind going into the Week 10 game against the Indianapolis Colts after his older brother, Titus, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 27 from a rare form of cancer.
Following the loss to the Colts, Davis said the death of his brother was “heavy on my mind” but the fact that his brother wanted him to play no matter what kept him going, per John Glennon of Broadway Sports.
“It’s definitely tough,” Davis admitted. “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 honor him tonight.”
And that he did. Despite going through unimaginable pain, Davis still performed at a high level, leading all Titans pass-catchers with five receptions for 67 yards.
“It was heavy on my mind, every play. But I just kept thinking this is what he wanted me to do,” Davis said. “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.”
We can’t begin to express our sorrow for what Davis had to go through and our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to both he and his family for their loss.