On Thursday, Las Vegas Raiders’ tight-end Darren Waller paid tribute to his former teammate and friend, Lorenzo Taliaferro, in a touchdown celebration.
Waller scored on a 35-yard, go route early in the 2nd quarter of the Raiders game against the Chargers. Immediately following the score, he got up and looked for cameras in the end zone. Waller then help up a three and a four to signify Taliaferro’s old jersey number and finished with a bow.
In the pregame, Waller also wrote on his cleats, “R.I.P. Zobot #34.” as a special message to the late 28-year-old.
It seemed Waller was full of emotion after the game ended in a loss to the Chargers. Instead of focusing on the defeat, Waller commented on losing his former teammate.
Darren Waller Gives Thoughts on Ex-Teammate’s Tragic Death
“To be real, I didn’t even feel like playing tonight, honestly,” Waller said.
“I had no juice today. I thank God and the people that support me for speaking life into me today, and telling me to go out and play and represent him and to have him on my mind while I was playing.”
The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office in Yorktown, VA, announced it received a call of someone needing medical attention at around 3:07 PM on Wednesday. When officers arrived, they found Taliaferro and immediately has emergency personnel transfer him to a local hospital.
Sadly, police say the ex-NFL running-back tragically died at the Virginia facility a short time later.
Family members told Fox45 in Baltimore that Taliaferro suffered a heart attack.
Waller was teammates with the ex-Raven from 2015 to 2017 when Waller began his career in Baltimore.
“I feel like him and his presence and what his time on the earth meant to me is what motivating me to play football with a sense of urgency.”
Waller finished Thursday night with a staggering 150 yards on nine catches.