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Kony Ealy earns game ball for Jets after his sister's death

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Since he's a former Panther, figure this is relevant. Condolences to the Ealy family. Full article is here.

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New York Jets defensive end Kony Ealy turned in an impressive performance on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and it came with a heavy heart.

Ealy’s sister, Sierra, recently passed away at the age of 32 and Ealy received Sunday’s game ball for his courageous performance against the Jaguars.

Ealy was instrumental in the Jets win over the Jaguars, picking off a Blake Bortles pass and batting down four more passes at the line of scrimmage.

He was extremely close with his sister, as is evident in this NFL 360 video detailing their relationship.

Sierra was born with a genetic disorder that caused her severe physical disabilities and left her almost non-verbal. From a young age, Ealy knew that he was going to have to take care of his sister for as long as she was alive, a responsibility that he embraced early on as a young boy.

Ealy missed practice in the week leading up to this game for undisclosed “personal reasons”, but now those reasons have been made clear.

The Jets gave Ealy the option to sit out on Sunday, but instead, he decided to take the field after such a devastating loss.

Hats off to Ealy for going out and turning in a memorable performance in honor of his late sister.

 

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Even though many people were down on him, I'm still very sorry to hear this and glad he balled out today. I do honestly hope he finds success

 

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Hope he catches on up there.  It'd be nice to see the Pats get fugged all the way around on this.

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I think they talked about his story with his sister when he was drafted. 

As much poo as people give him on here and on social media while being a panther, he is still human, and to have that commitment to a loved one is special. 

Sorry for his loss

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Ealy has all the talent needed to be a good DL.  He just hasn't been able to put that talent together to become a good player.  I hope this is the start of it for him.

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Really hope he starts building something with the Jets. That would be phenomenal.

Hate he never worked out for us, but I'll never forget his Superbowl performance and how he almost single-handedly got us a lombardi. He has the talent. Just needs a spark in motivation.

Condolences to his family through this terrible loss.

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oh that is awful to hear about his sister. man. he became her primary caregiver while he was still in high school I believe. god, I can't imagine how he's feeling. glad he was able to have a good game. it's good to remind yourself of the human side of players.

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Hate to hear that for the guy. Regardless of how good or bad he was, never like to hear of somebody losing a family member so young. Cheers to Ealy for enduring this and honoring his sister's memory with an impressive performance on the field.

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He may have had a rough start here (and one fantastic game in the Superb Owl), but he always seemed to be a great young man with a lot of character who had come up through some incredibly hard times.

I hope he keeps having success with the Jets and reaches that immense potential that he has within him. 

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As someone that has a down syndrome brother I can understand the bond he must of had with his sister. My bond with my brother is very special. God bless you and your family Kony. May the Lord give you and your family strength in this difficult time.

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