Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Kwon Alexander played the game of his young career Sunday, after facing an unconscionable tragedy.

Alexander’s 17-year-old brother, Broderick Taylor, was murdered Friday night in Alabama.

Alexander responded with a game-high 11 tackles, adding a crucial interception in the Buccaneers’ 23-20 overtime win over the Atlanta Falcons.

The LSU product was awarded the Buccaneers’ game ball following the victory, and reflected upon playing through the most dire of circumstances.

“(I was) very determined,” Alexander said to the Buccaneers’ official website postgame. “It was the only thing on my mind because the only thing that he wanted was for me to ball. I gave this game to him.

“It’s been hard, man, losing my little brother. I know he would want me to be strong for him so I came out here and dedicated this game to him. I’m just ready to be back with my family.”

Alexander said that his younger brother would’ve wanted him to suit up Sunday.

“He would want me to (play),” Alexander said. “He would want me to be strong. I know he’s looking up there and he’s happy and he’s smiling. I just did it all for him.

“He wouldn’t ever give up. I’m never going to give up. It was all for him.”

Copyright © 2015 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.