NFL Draft 2017: Texas RB D’Onta Foreman reveals son’s death during ’16 season

Foreman used his son's death as an inspiration in a remarkable season for the Longhorns in which he rushed for 2,028 yards and 15 TDs.

NFL Draft prospect D'Onta Foreman has revealed publicly for the first time his infant son's death during his final season at the University of Texas.

Speaking to NFL Network's Andrea Kremer on "NFL Total Access," Foreman said his son was born prematurely and died from an infection last fall, leaving the running back "numb."

D'Onta Foreman Jr. — who weighed only 15 ounces at birth — spent 50 days in a neonatal intensive care unit before he died Nov. 5.

"I really didn't know how to feel," Foreman told Kremer. "I was like numb. I felt like something was taken away from me before I had a chance to experience it."


Ultimately, Foreman used his son's death as an inspiration. In fact, the day D'Onta Jr. died, Foreman rushed for a career-best 341 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Texas Tech, part of a remarkable season for the Longhorns in which he rushed for 2,028 yards and 15 touchdowns.

"It was just something about that game, it was like, 'I'm doing it for my son. I'm leaving it all out here,'" Foreman said.

Now, he's considered one of the top running backs available in this week's NFL Draft in Philadelphia.

Foreman says his girlfriend is due to give birth to their second child Sept. 16 — the one-year anniversary of D'Onta Jr.'s birth.

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