Eagles rookie receiver DeVonta Smith said the tragic events involving his good friend, and former roommate, Henry Ruggs III gave him a "bigger purpose" for Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Chargers, in which he led his team with five catches for 116 yards and a touchdown.

"First off, my heart breaks for everybody that was involved, the family of the young lady that lost her life," Smith said. "It was rough at the beginning [of the week], but just coming in every day, being with the guys, they kind of gathered with me, helped me out a lot."

Ruggs is facing multiple felony charges, including driving under the influence resulting in death and reckless driving, following a fatal accident in Las Vegas on Tuesday. Ruggs was driving 156 mph with a blood alcohol content twice Nevada's legal limit before his car slammed into the rear of a vehicle that burned, killing a 23-year-old woman, according to prosecutors.

Smith and Ruggs were teammates at the University of Alabama from 2017 to '19. They roomed together, challenged each other to get better on the field, and according to Smith, served as confidantes for one another. Prior to the Week 7 matchup between the Eagles and Raiders, Smith revealed that he and Ruggs communicate daily as part of a text chain for former Alabama receivers that also includes Jerry Jeudy and Jaylen Waddle. They had also stayed close by playing the video game NBA2K together, just like they had at college.