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Michael Gallup’s emotional return buoyed by Dallas Cowboys teammates

Rookie receiver Michael Gallup was flying back to Georgia Thursday night after an emotional return to the Dallas Cowboys.

He learned four days ago, after the Cowboys beat the Falcons, that his brother committed suicide. The funeral is Friday.

“When you’re young, death is really hard to, really hard to live with,” Cowboys’ owner and general manager Jerry Jones said. “This team gathered around him in a big way and I’m not just talking about physically in there tonight. They’ve really given him a lot of support.”

Gallup flew back to the Georgia on Jones’ private jet.

“I don’t want to get into the detail of it, but it was very meaningful,” Jones said of the emotional outpouring in the locker room after the game. “Jason [Garrett], all of the team, everybody else shared in it. It was about as genuine and touching a moment as I’ve been a part of.”

His teammates, of course, have been there in any way he needed this week. Gallup had two catches for 19 yards in Thursday’s 31-23 win over the Redskins.

“His energy, his passion and you know, if you have football for a while, you’ll start to understand throughout life, this is your outlet,” DeMarcus Lawrence said. “This is how you get through life. Glad to see him back, glad to see a smile on his face and we’re with him.”

Gallup earned the game ball, Dak Prescott said.

“I told him that no one can tell him how to feel and no one can tell him what to do,” Prescott said. “Do what you think is right, do what your heart tells you to do.”

Said Lawrence: “We just wanted to make sure he knew we’re with him and his family, he ain’t got nothing to worry about. We got his back all the way throughout this storm. We’re a family first.”

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