Bucs’ Shaq Barrett says dealing with daughter’s tragic death a ‘daily battle’

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Shaquil Barrett is training at coaching camp after tearing his Achilles 9 months earlier in a recreation in opposition to the Baltimore Ravens. 

He’s additionally again on the sector as he continues to cope with a horrible tragedy, the loss of life of his 2-year-old daughter Arrayah, who drowned within the household’s pool in April. 

Shaq Barrett in 2021

Shaquil Barrett of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers stands throughout the nationwide anthem earlier than the Eagles recreation at Lincoln Monetary Discipline on Oct. 14, 2021, in Philadelphia. (Cooper Neill/Getty Photographs)

“It’s a each day battle, a tricky battle,” Barrett informed reporters Monday. “Right this moment I felt it heavier at this time than I did the final couple days. It simply is available in waves. We simply discuss to one another, discuss by it with one another and simply lean on one another to get ourselves by. And lean on the Lord as nicely. 


“Nevertheless it don’t get any simpler. Me being busy retains my thoughts off it for a bit bit, but it surely’s robust. All the time going to be robust.”

Barrett mentioned being at camp together with his teammates has helped, with the each day routine serving to to present him some normalcy. 

Shaq Barrett vs Ravens

Buccaneers linebacker Shaquil Barrett seems on the scoreboard throughout the Baltimore Ravens recreation on Oct. 27, 2022, in Tampa, Florida. ( AP Picture/Alex Menendez)

“She was the most effective. She was actually the most effective, every part throughout,” Barrett mentioned. “[Her] smile, her persona… She was sensible. She knew precisely what she shouldn’t be doing. After which she’d cease doing it and return and attempt to do it. 


“It’s simply her smile I miss a lot, her power. Placing her to mattress each night time, studying tales. She simply introduced a lot brightness and wholeness and completeness to our lives. And we will certainly have an enormous, massive, massive, massive, massive gap in our hearts and our lives that we gained’t have the ability to fill. However we nonetheless have our different three youngsters that’s nonetheless serving to us fill the void a bit after which we now have one other child on the best way that ought to assist a bit bit too. However we all know it’s by no means going to be the identical with out her.”

Barrett mentioned he’s near being 100% after the Achilles harm as he prepares for his ninth NFL season and his fifth in Tampa Bay.    


Shaquil Barrett during Minicamp

Shaquil Barrett of the Buccaneers throughout a compulsory Minicamp at AdventHealth Coaching Middle on June 13, 2023, in Tampa. (Julio Aguilar/Getty Photographs)

“The entire working and the change of route stuff I have been doing with the trainers helped me get a stage of confidence in myself,” he mentioned, per the Buccaneers web site.”So, it is only a matter of getting out right here and going in opposition to an offensive deal with and getting some strain in opposition to me whereas I am attempting to show the nook. As soon as I used to be ready to do this, really feel that and keep that – I did not really feel something [wrong], it felt regular. I am able to go, I really feel like. I am as near 100% as you possibly can presumably be a pair days into camp.”

Barrett had three sacks final season earlier than struggling the harm. 

Tampa Bay is getting ready for its first season with out quarterback Tom Brady since 2019, with Baker Mayfield and Kyle Trask competing for the beginning job. 

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