Darnell Dockett and his relationship with July 4 [audio]

Darnell Dockett - USA TODAY Sports

It was 19 years ago today when he found his mother murdered.

If you know anything about Darnell Dockett, you know he had a tough young life. Today is a particularly difficult day because it will mark 19 years from the day he found his mother murdered. Darren Urban commented on this topic on the team's official website.

Dockett talked about it to the Cardinals video team. I can't embed the video, but here is the audio.

Use the embedded player below to listen, or use this direct link

In his words:

"The 4th of July is kid of a love/hate day. You love the memories because you also think back on those days, but you also hate the day because you remember what happened on the day. But the older I get, the more I understand that my mom wouldn't want me sitting around being sad and not enjoying the day, not winning the day. I know she wouldn't want me doing that.

So as much I sometimes want to feel in a slump and just go 'ugh, this day sucks,' I take advantage of it and I spend time with my friends and I enjoy it. I enjoy the day and, you know, it's kinda like a celebration to kind of dedicated it as her day. "The older I get, I embrace that more and more, but five, six, seven years ago, you could not tell me that. The fourth of July wasn't a day I wanted to talk about. I didn't want to do anything.I would never go to Atlanta, Georgia on the fourth of July. Note I'm getting older and I'm looking at live different and a different perspective and it's just different for me."

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