Buccaneers' Shaq Barrett dedicates his pick-six against the Chicago Bears to his late two-year-old daughter four months after she drowned in the family pool: 'I told her, 'I love you''

  • The linebacker’s daughter, Arrayah, passed away on April 30 in Beach Park, FL.
  • Barrett scored his first career TD – what he believes to be divine intervention
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Bucs pass rusher Shaq Barrett dedicated his pick-six during Tampa Bay’s win vs. the Chicago Bears to his departed two-year-old daughter. 

Barrett’s daughter, Arrayah, passed away April 30 after drowning in the family’s swimming pool. 

Police responded to a call of a child who had fallen into a pool at around 9.30am on Sunday, April 30 in Tampa’s Beach Park area, according to Tampa Police Department.

Arrayah Barrett, who celebrated her second birthday on April 19, was taken to the hospital but attempts to save her life were unsuccessful.

The former Broncos linebacker blew a kiss to the sky after breaking the plane to seal the win. 

Shaq Barrett dedicated his pick-six during Tampa's win vs. the Bears to his departed daughter

Shaq Barrett dedicated his pick-six during Tampa’s win vs. the Bears to his departed daughter

The two-year-old Arrayah drowned in the pool at her family home back on April 30

The two-year-old Arrayah drowned in the pool at her family home back on April 30

‘I told her, ‘I love you, miss you and wish she was here,’ Barrett said following the 27-17 win. 

Barrett had, up until Sunday, not yet scored a touchdown throughout his stellar nine-year NFL career. 

Sunday’s first was viewed as divine intervention from God, according to the pass rusher. 

‘I believe so for sure,’ Barrett said. ‘And then just talking, talking to God all the time. I just know He don’t give us nothing more than we can handle even though it felt like He did for sure.  

‘He said He’s just setting us up for something — can’t say better, because what can be better than having my baby girl here? 

‘But He’s setting us up for something that we need, and I’m just ready for it and I’m waiting for it. And I’m going to believe in Him and believe in this plan for sure, and I do feel like it was divine intervention to be able to just get that spotlight for my baby girl.’

Bucs coach Todd Bowles commended Barrett’s efforts and celebrated the moment during his press conference. 

Barrett and his wife Jordanna have both also gotten tattoos of Arrayah to honor her memory

Barrett and his wife Jordanna have both also gotten tattoos of Arrayah to honor her memory

Arrayah was youngest of four children Barrett has with wife Jordanna (pictured in April 2022)

Arrayah was youngest of four children Barrett has with wife Jordanna (pictured in April 2022)

‘It’s unbelievable. You can’t even fathom going through something like that,’ he said of Barrett. 

‘To see him go through it and come out on the other side — and I’m sure he still has days — but to play like he’s playing right now, to be where he is right now is unbelievable.’ 

Despite the joy of Sunday for Barrett and his family – who were in attendance at Raymond James Stadium – there are still consistent struggles, including pregame last week at Minnesota. 

‘I was struggling real bad. I couldn’t stop crying,’ Barrett said. ‘Called my wife, the coaches checked in on me. But then out of the blue, everything just went away and I was able to focus on the game. 

‘My wife says people pray for me. So I actually felt like the wave of emotions just slide to the side and I was able to actually able to focus. So I was able to feel the power of prayer.’ 

Last month, Barrett revealed the cause of the tragedy, saying that the protective fence surrounding the pool had been left open: ‘We always had gates up, but we just left it open that night.’ 

If there is any good news for Barrett, it’s that he and wife Jordanna are now expecting another daughter, Allanah Ray, in February.

He’s also channeling his grief into a new foundation, ‘Arrayah Hope,’ aimed at preventing child drownings by providing free swim lessons in the Tampa Bay area. 

source: dailymail.co.uk