Alvin Kamara gives inspired performance after friend’s death

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The first indication that Alvin Kamara wasn’t going to be denied on Sunday came on the first play of the game.

He was hit 3 yards nfl nike behind the line of scrimmage on a jet sweep. But he shed the tackle and wound up gaining 5 yards.

Three hours later, Kamara had 116 yards from scrimmage, three touchdowns and maybe a dozen of those broken tackles to help the New Orleans Saints break free as the team to beat in the NFC with a 45-35 victory over the Los Angeles Rams.8

That included a trademark “Wait, how did he do that?” 11-yard touchdown run through a group of four defenders to end that opening drive. And it included a leaping hurdle over another defender later in the first half, among other highlights.

We’ve seen similar performances from Kamara before. In fact, it was his third three-touchdown performance of the season, which put him in extremely rare air. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Kamara joined Jim Brown as the only players in NFL history with three three-touchdown performances in a season at the age of 23 or under. (Brown went on to win the NFL MVP award when he did it in 1958).nfl nike jerseys cheap china

But Kamara also had some added inspiration for this particular game. A close friend of his, a New Orleans rapper known as Young Greatness, was shot and killed last Monday morning — just hours after Kamara had talked to him and made plans to meet up with him when the Saints returned from their win at Minnesota.

“It was tough,” Kamara said after Sunday’s win. “I actually talked to him before we took off from Minnesota and we were supposed to link up. And when we landed, I got the news, and I went to the scene. It’s just hard, losing anybody. That’s a close friend of mine for a long time. So it’s tough, I’ve just been trying to deal with that.”

At Kamara’s request, Young Greatness’s hit “Moolah” was played in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome during pregame warm-ups — as reported.