GREEN BAY, Wis. — Vonnie Holliday's best day as a pro came after the worst night of his life.
Holliday set a team record by sacking Drew Bledsoe five times, forcing him to fumble on three of them, in Green Bay's 10-0 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
The Packers are the only team to win all its home games this season.
Holliday's exceptional performance came less than 24 hours after his 16-year-old cousin died of a congenital heart defect.
"I know I have another angel looking down on me," said Holliday, who pointed toward the sky after each of his sacks. "I know today his presence was there and he gave me that extra push, that extra passion."
Holliday's cousin, Marcus Warren, died in Hilton Head, S.C., after collapsing during a high school basketball game.
"In our family we certainly thought he was the next superstar in basketball or football," said Holliday, who had to break the tragic news to a large group of extended family members who made their annual trek to Green Bay.