Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Donte Moncrief plans to help support the daughter of Zurlon Tipton, a former Colts running back who was killed after accidentally shooting himself in June, according to ESPN.
Moncrief, who says that Tipton was a good friend of his, credits his Southern upbringing for the gesture of kindness. He will help Tipton’s daughter, Zoe, economically and see her at the team’s Week 1 game against the Detroit Lions at Lucas Oil Stadium.
“That comes from being from the South,” Moncrief said via ESPN. “Wanting to help people and always give back. Like my dad always says, it’s better to give than receive. I look at it as if she’s my daughter and I want to make sure she’s well taken care of. I know that’s something he would do for me.”
Moncrief, who says he was with his own daughter when he learned about the death, played with Tipton for two seasons and had family in Detroit, the running back’s hometown.
Tipton was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent out of Central Michigan in 2014. He played in 16 games before being released last December.
Despite the hole left behind, Moncrief believes Tipton is still with the Colts.
“He’s still here watching over us,” Moncrief said. “He’s joking, rapping, singing and walking around with his shirt off like he’s cut up. That’s just him. He’s keeping everything going.”