Buccaneers rookie Kwon Alexander's big game comes after tragic loss of brother

Night net There are not enough words in the lexicon of loss. We will speak of of the weekend's worst losses, football misfortunes. Soberly, we will reflect on the fallen — ACLs and Achilles and seasons torn asunder.Then we'll be reminded that loss is often more than pigskin deep.  MORE: Sports figures we lost in 2015 | Best performances of Week 8On paper, Kwon Alexander won Sunday. The Buccaneers upset the Falcons, 23-20, in overtime. And the rookie fourth-round linebacker played a huge part. After having a 90-yard interception return reversed on a penalty, Alexander secured two takeaways the officials couldn't take away. He forced a fumble with an incredibly strong strip of Falcons receiver Julio Jones. He intercepted another Matt Ryan Pass in the second quarter as Atlanta entered Tampa Bay territory. Then once the game had ended, once that win was secure — Alexander let go, his emotion overwhelming him. For he felt loss.On Friday, Alexander's teenage brother Broderick Taylor II was shot and killed in Oxford, Ala. according to the Anniston Star. Taylor was 17. Taylor was shot in the chest. Taylor was pronounced dead at 11:30 p.m., less than 48 hours before kickoff in Atlanta. In the cruel hours in between the tragedy in Oxford and the game in Atlanta, Alexander expressed a parcel of his grief through Instagram.   I miss my lil brother man ! I can't believe you left me man! I know you looking over me right now! Man I just wish you was here man! I can't believe you gone man ! I love you man! I can't even sleep right now bruh ! I'm hurting so bad in the inside man! I love you man ! I will play for you bro the rest of my career because I know you would want me ball for ya ! I love you man! Big bro gone hold it down mane! #RIPLILBROD 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾😭😭A photo posted by Kwon Alexander!🙏🏾 (@_alexanderthegreat58) on Oct 31, 2015 at 12:01am PDT   This one for you lil bro! Big bro gotcha I promise you that! ! #RIHLILBRODA photo posted by Kwon Alexander!🙏🏾 (@_alexanderthegreat58) on Nov 1, 2015 at 6:56am PST The word "love" comes up three times in that caption — a ca

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ption containing a mourning brother's confession: "I can't even sleep right now bruh! I'm hurting so bad in the inside man!" The tendency is to make this a story of triumph over tragedy, to laud Alexander for overcoming. But the truth is this: That pain remains. That sleep still won't come easy.That Alexander played well is commendable. That he found the inner control necessary to help his team win, incredible."I told him in 16 years, I haven't seen a player play a perfect game," Bucs linebacker coach said of Alexander in early October. "What you can control is how hard and how fast you play. He plays hard and he plays fast."Alexander's reaction then to his first interception: "I was so happy."A second interception for his first season helped the Bucs beat a team they shouldn't beat.But this one comes with a more complex emotion — emotion that cannot be contained by a towel, or a win, or the right words.There aren't enough words. Not to make sense of the senseless. But on Sunday, Alexander played hard. He played fast. That, he could control.