Tipton, who has spent the last two seasons with the Colts as a running back, died in June after accidentally shooting himself at a car dealership.
Moncrief, who had made plans to play pool with Tipton the day before his death, was deeply saddened to learn of his friend’s passing and decided to do what he could to help.
The Colts receiver has pledged to help Tipton’s daughter Zoe as if she was his own.
“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.”
Moncrief, 22, remembers Tipton as a great friend and teammate who was an encouraging voice for the young receiver. He misses his companion, but still feels his presence at the Colts facility.
“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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