Former Texas running back D’Onta Foreman emerged in the 2016 season as one of the top rushers in college football. After coming into the season as an unknown commodity, Foreman led all rushers in 2016 with 2,028 yards in just 11 games of play.
However, Foreman said on Monday in an NFL.com interview that the 2016 season wasn’t all high points for him and his family, as he revealed that he lost his infant son — D’Onta Jr. — in the middle of the season.
“I really didn’t know how to feel,” Foreman said in the interview. “I was like numb. I felt like something was taken away from me before I had a chance to experience it.”
D’Onta Jr. was born premature at just 23 weeks into pregnancy, passing away after spending nearly two months in intensive care. Though unknown at the time, an emotional Foreman played on the day that his son passed, rushing for a career-high 341 yards on Nov. 5 against Texas Tech.
Foreman declared for the NFL Draft following the 2016 season, and he is currently projected to go in the second round.