Colts’ Donte Moncrief says he’ll support daughter of Zurlon Tipton as if she were his own

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ANDERSON, Ind.-- Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Donte Moncrief says he's willing to do everything he can to help out the daughter of his former teammate who died in an accidental shooting in Michigan.

Moncrief, 22, told ESPN he plans to support his late teammate's daughter, Zoe, as if she were his own.

"That comes from being from the South," Moncrief said to ESPN. "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."

He said he was in Mississippi with his daughter at the time he heard the news. Moncrief's daughter had just met him and the two men talked about getting together in Indy.

He told ESPN he sees his former teammate every time he looks at Zoe.

"He's still here watching over us," Moncrief said. "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."

Tipton shared this photo of him and his daughter on June 14, two weeks before his death.

Love u lil mama😘😘😘

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After hearing news of Tipton's death, Moncrief shared this emotional post on Instagram:

Baby boy you gone but not forgotten.. Lil bro gone hold it down for you and remember the motto.. "Don't wait for it go and get it." It's crazy I just got that phone call bro cause I just talk to you and we talked about the future and teams giving you your second chance. No matter where I'm at or what team I'm on ill have that 37 on my wrist or glove. I'm go make sure your "little mama" good as in what you would say. Go up there and be the best running back in heaven. Rest easy 37!!!! Crazy you gone this early. My next vehicle gone be a jeep Brodie I promised you that and I won't break that promise. All love this way. I never told you but most of my family from Detroit mane never know we could have been blood cousins you know how that goes. "Little Mama" gone be good I promise you Brodie. You in a better place one love. #flyhigh37

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