Former Ole Miss wide receiver Donte Moncrief is a stand up guy, and he credits both his parents and southern upbringing for that.
According to a report from ESPN.com’s Mike Wells, the Indianapolis Colts receiver will be supporting the daughter of a former teammate.
Zurlon Tipton, a former teammate of Moncrief’s on the Colts, died in June after accidentally shooting himself while handling a duffel bag with a gun in the back of his car. Gone unexpectedly at the age of 26, Tipton left behind a young daughter named Zoe.
Moncrief found out about the fate of his good friend, with whom he reportedly spent many days shooting pool and bowling, while spending time with his own daughter.
The moment of grief left him to make the promise that he’d take care of Zoe’s needs, whether that clothes, money or emotional support.
It’s a decision, he says, comes from his upbringing.
“That comes from being from the South,” Moncrief said, according to Wells. “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.”
The 22 year old is on the cusp of NFL stardom after hauling in 96 passes for 1,177 yards in two NFL seasons, which has moved him up the depth chart in a pass-happy Colts offense which features star QB Andrew Luck.
But many may already consider Moncrief a star off the field for his pledge to make sure his friend’s daughter is taken care of.