Tennessee Titans Receiver Salutes His Late Brother In Touchdown Celebration
Players across the NFL have been celebrating in the end zone after touchdowns for years. Often the most ridiculous dances garner the most attention, but it’s celebrations like that of Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews that need recognition.
After scoring a touchdown Sunday Matthews honored his late brother who died serving in Afghanistan with a salute from the end zone.
“I will forever salute you,” Matthews said in the Instagram post.
Matthews brother, Christopher Ruiz, served in the Marine Corps in Iraq and was killed in a “transport plane crash while working as a civilian contractor in Afghanistan,” ESPN reports.
“You could say he’s a key to all my success so far,” Matthews said talking about his brother. “That I got in the end zone and did that, it was just a sign to him watching down.”
“I think he was one of my biggest fans,” the Titans receiver continued. Now Matthews has Ruiz three kids to look up to him. Matthews fully expected his brother to return, but he and his family had to face the horrible reality that “he’s not coming back.”
“The biggest thing for me is just being in my niece’s and nephew’s lives and my sister-in-law’s life as much as I can.”