The heartbreaking news that former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Jeremiah Trotter has lost his wife Tammi to cancer broke just over two weeks ago.
On Saturday, the 46-year-old former standout who has remained visible on the Philly sports scene addressed those who reached out to him after all of this. And he also took the time to address his wife in the heartfelt post.
“No words could ever express our appreciation for the love and support you have shown us after the passing of my beautiful wife!” Trotter posted on Instagram. “THANKS to everyone who sent cards, flowers, calls, texts, DMs, food, events, who sent a tree to be planted in her name, to those who visited her each day, the ones on my couch slept to make sure I’m not alone, cooked, cleaned, laughed and joked. The ones who dropped everything and flew in to say goodbye or to support us. To my boys (high school) and college teams for showing it’s about family. To those with whom I spend countless hours on the phone. I love you).
“By and large we are all family and I love (you) all,” he continued. “My children, who have shown incredible strength and courage during this difficult time. And lastly to my beautiful wife. You lived your life as we should all strive with love and a servant heart.
“I will Always Love You.”
Among those who responded was current Ohio State receiver Marvin Harrison Jr., who played at St. Joseph’s Prep along with Trotter’s sons Jeremiah Jr. and Josiah.
“Love you Coach,” Harrison Jr. wrote.
“We lifted you up in prayer,” replied former Eagles kicker David Akers. “What a remarkable woman.”
“Powerful words bro,” wrote former Eagles linebacker Ike Reese. “Tam was an ANGEL!! She will ALWAYS take care of you and the kids. Your strength for your children was an example for all of us. Love you brother, we are always here for you. #TammiStrong”
Trotter was the Eagles’ third-round pick in 1998 against Stephen F. Austin. He played for the team during the 2001 season before going to Washington for the 2002 and 2003 seasons. He then returned to the Eagles from 2004 to 2006 before playing for Tampa Bay in 2007. In 2009 he returned to Philly one last time to play there.
Trotter was a four-time Pro Bowl pick and is in the Eagles Hall of Fame, having finished his career with 908 tackles, 12.5 sacks and nine interceptions.
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