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Brian Price opens up about the loss of his sister

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For most players around the league, gearing up for training camp and the resumption of full-speed football activities is enough to keep their minds occupied at this point in the summer.

Buccaneers defensive tackle Brian Price has a bit more on his plate, however. Price’s sister Bridget James was killed in a hit-and-run automobile accident in May, leading Price to both adopt her children and struggle with grief while trying to prepare for the season. It was the latest traumatic familial episode for Price, who has also buried two brothers killed by gunshots.

Price sat down with Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times to talk about the loss and how he’s dealing with it. Price admitted that he still has breakdowns as a result of his sister’s death and talked about why he left the team during spring workouts to return home to California.

“I needed my family,” Price said. “I was down and out. I never felt like this before. [The Buccaneers] felt it was right for me to be with my family and that’s what I needed the most. It’s hard to grieve on your own and be all the way on the other side of the country from the only people who understand what you’re going through.”

Price wouldn’t discuss the fight he had with rookie safety Mark Barron just before he was excused from minicamp, but it definitely seems like he wasn’t in the right frame of mind to be in Tampa. The Buccaneers need a healthy and focused Price for their defense to rebound from last season’s showing, so they have to have their fingers crossed that Price is able to deal with his grief without it limiting his performance on the field.

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6 Responses to “Brian Price opens up about the loss of his sister”
  1. evilfhud says: Jul 24, 2012 9:58 AM

    Just became a fan of Brian Price….hang in there man

  2. shaggyjeff says: Jul 24, 2012 10:09 AM

    Keep the faith Brian Price.. You are a true warrior and an inspiration to all.

  3. kyannalashae says: Jul 24, 2012 10:10 AM

    Not a Bucs fan but can’t help but feel for the man,I know what it’s like to lose a family member…it hurts so much that word can’t explain the pain!!! Praying for him,that God gives him and his family peace and comfort!:)

  4. be4bama says: Jul 24, 2012 10:30 AM

    Brian Price you are the definition of a real man. God Bless You
    Tampa Bay you have a new fan….and Mark Barron you better apologize to Brain!! Whatever the disagreement is over it can’t begin to compare with what’s going on in Brian’s life.

  5. dirtybird70 says: Jul 24, 2012 10:52 AM

    Huge Falcons fan – can’t stand the Bucs – but I’m definitely pulling for Price to have an outstanding career. Poor young man has suffered more in just a few years than most people will in a lifetime. And it’s not just a matter of losing loved ones, it’s how he lost them. So tragic and seemingly unfair.

  6. bunjy96 says: Jul 24, 2012 11:04 AM

    Losing 1 sibling is tough and not expected.

    Losing 3 is incomprehensible!

    We are pulling for you Brian.

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