Colts’ Moncrief Vows to Help Raise Daughter of Ex-Teammate After His Death

Zurlon Tipton

Late June, it was reported that former Indianapolis Colts running back Zurlon Tipton passed away after a gun in his car was accidentally discharged, striking him in the stomach. 

“The man who accidentally shot himself earlier Tuesday at a Roseville car dealership has died, Roseville Police tell FOX 2. The Wayne County Medical Examiner has identified the victim as former NFL player Zurlon Tipton.

Police say the customer pulled into a service bay at the dealership around 9:30 a.m., and went to take a duffel bag out of his trunk. The duffel bag had two guns inside, police say, and one of the guns accidentally went off and Tipton was struck in the stomach.”

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Donte Moncrief wants to honor his former teammate in the best way he knows how and that’s by raising Tipton’s daughter Zoe to the best of his ability.

“That comes from being from the South,” Moncrief told ESPN’s Mike 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.”

“In the meetings his seat was right in front of mine. He would say things like, ‘Look up, you’re shining like a light.’ We see those spots and me and (T.Y. Hilton) be like, ‘Man, wish Tip was still here,'” said Moncreif. “He’s still here watching over us.

“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.”

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