Tom Brady leads tributes after his Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammate’s two-year-old daughter


Tom Brady has led condolences to his teammate Shaq Barrett, whose two-year-old daughter died on Sunday after drowning in a swimming pool at home.

Barrett, 30, has played with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers since 2019. Brady, 45, joined the following year. 

Brady posted a photo of Barrett, his wife Jordanna, their four children and their dog and added the emotional message: ‘The Bradys love you’.

The Florida-based team issued a statement on Sunday evening confirming little Arrayah’s tragic death.

Police responded to a call of a child who had fallen into a pool at around 9.30am on Sunday in Tampa’s Beach Park area, according to Tampa Police Department.

Arrayah Barrett, who celebrated her second birthday on April 19, was taken to the hospital but attempts to save her life were unsuccessful, The Tampa Bay Times reported.

An investigation is underway but Arrayah’s death is not believed to be suspicious.

Arrayah was the youngest of four children that Baltimore-born Barrett has with his wife Jordanna. 

The two-year-old daughter of Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Shaq Barrett has died

Arrayah only celebrated her 2nd birthday on April 19 (above)

The two-year-old daughter of Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Shaq Barrett has died. Arrayah only celebrated her 2nd birthday on April 19 (above)

Tom Brady sent his condolences to the family, posting: 'The Brady's love you'

Tom Brady sent his condolences to the family, posting: ‘The Brady’s love you’

Brady (center) is pictured hugging Barrett, number 58, in October 2021

Brady (center) is pictured hugging Barrett, number 58, in October 2021

The little girl is pictured in the swimming pool. She was found drowned on Sunday morning

The little girl is pictured in the swimming pool. She was found drowned on Sunday morning

Arrayah was youngest of four children Barrett has with wife Jordanna (pictured in April 2022)

Arrayah was youngest of four children Barrett has with wife Jordanna (pictured in April 2022)

Barrett is an outside linebacker for Tampa Bay and has been playing with the team since 2019

Barrett is an outside linebacker for Tampa Bay and has been playing with the team since 2019

The couple met at high school, married in February 2012, and share Shaquil Jr., Braylon and Aaliyah

The couple met at high school, married in February 2012, and share Shaquil Jr., Braylon and Aaliyah

Barrett and his wife Jordanna. The couple met in high school

Barrett and his wife Jordanna. The couple met in high school

In a photo shared to Instagram, marking their daughter’s second birthday, Jordanna wrote: ‘Happy Second birthday my little Arrayah Sunshine! 

‘We love you so much! You are the completion to our family, the apple to our eyes! You’ve become the most fun, energetic, entertaining, sweet, kind, smart, precious little girl we could have ever dreamed of! 

‘Your big sis, big bros, and momma and daddy love you to the moon and back’

‘Happy birthday Arrayah Sue.’

Her father’s last post was in tribute to his little girl, on April 19.

‘Happy 2nd bday to my cutie girl. So sweet and cute,’ wrote Barrett. 

‘You made our family complete. I love you baby girl.’ 

The Florida team said on Sunday evening: ‘Today’s tragic news is heartbreaking for all members of the Buccaneers family.

‘Our thoughts and prayers are with Shaq, Jordanna and the entire Barrett family during this unimaginably difficult time.

‘While no words can provide true comfort at a time such as this, we offer our support and love as they begin to process this very profound loss of their beloved Arrayah.’ 

Barrett's most recent Instagram post was a picture of his little girl, posted on April 19 to celebrate her second birthday

Barrett’s most recent Instagram post was a picture of his little girl, posted on April 19 to celebrate her second birthday

Jordanna Barrett shared this photo of her little girl celebrating her second birthday

Jordanna Barrett shared this photo of her little girl celebrating her second birthday

The little girl is seen with her birthday cake on April 19

The little girl is seen with her birthday cake on April 19

Arrayah celebrated her second birthday with a shark-themed party, and pizza

Arrayah celebrated her second birthday with a shark-themed party, and pizza

Arrayah is seen celebrating her second birthday with her siblings and friends

Arrayah is seen celebrating her second birthday with her siblings and friends

The little girl blows out a candle on her birthday cake

The little girl blows out a candle on her birthday cake

The birthday girl is seen celebrating her second birthday at a playground

The birthday girl is seen celebrating her second birthday at a playground

Arrayah is seen with her big sister, Aaliyah, at the birthday party

Arrayah is seen with her big sister, Aaliyah, at the birthday party

Aaliyah gives her baby sister Arrayah a kiss during the happy birthday celebrations

Aaliyah gives her baby sister Arrayah a kiss during the happy birthday celebrations

Arrayah beams as she plays in the ball pit on the slide

Arrayah beams as she plays in the ball pit on the slide 

The little girl appeared to love being the center of attention during her birthday celebrations

The little girl appeared to love being the center of attention during her birthday celebrations

Arrayah's proud mother Jordanna posted photos marking her youngest's second birthday

Arrayah’s proud mother Jordanna posted photos marking her youngest’s second birthday

The Barrett children are seen with their young sister Arrayah, who drowned on Sunday

The Barrett children are seen with their young sister Arrayah, who drowned on Sunday

Jordanna Barrett is pictured with her older daughter, Aaliyah

Jordanna Barrett is pictured with her older daughter, Aaliyah

Jordanna Barrett is pictured with her three oldest children - sons Shaquil Jr. and Braylon, and daughter Aaliyah - in front of a mural of their father

Jordanna Barrett is pictured with her three oldest children – sons Shaquil Jr. and Braylon, and daughter Aaliyah – in front of a mural of their father

A younger Arrayah is pictured in the pool with her sister Aaliyah

A younger Arrayah is pictured in the pool with her sister Aaliyah

Aarayah is seen on the edge of the pool

The little girl plays with a family pet

Aarayah is seen by the edge of the pool, and playing with a family pet

The Bucs issued a statement Sunday evening following the tragic news of Arrayah's death

The Bucs issued a statement Sunday evening following the tragic news of Arrayah’s death

The NFL world sent love, prayers and condolences to Barrett and his family on social media

The NFL world sent love, prayers and condolences to Barrett and his family on social media

Barrett has been at the team since 2019. 

He and his wife met at high school, and married in February 2012.

They have three surviving children: sons Shaquil Jr. and Braylon, and daughter Aaliyah.

The two-time Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl champion agreed to a four-year, $72 million contract with the Buccaneers in March 2021.

Barrett sustained a season-ending injury in October, suffering a torn left Achilles during the Buccaneers’ Week 8 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. 

He finished the 2022 campaign with 31 tackles, three sacks and one forced fumble in eight games.

A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Barrett has 348 tackles, 54.5 sacks, 19 forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries in 115 career games (69 starts) with the Denver Broncos (2015-18) and Buccaneers.

The Broncos sent well-wishes to their former player on Sunday. He played with Denver between 2014 and 2018. 

Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson wrote on Twitter: ‘Heartbreaking. Praying for you and your family Shaq.’ 



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