ORCHARD PARK, NY – Preparations are in full swing for the Buffalo Bills’ inaugural season against the Rams Thursday night in Los Angeles. for a narrow end Dawson Knoxhe’s been a healthy outlet after the death of his younger brother, Luke, the linebacker at Florida International, last month.
“Just being back here, getting into the routine, seeing all my teammates, seeing my coach, definitely from a distraction point of view, it’s also great,” Knox said Monday in his first comment since Luke’s death. “But it’s also very therapeutic, just doing what I love with the men I love. I know my brother wants it that way too. He wants me to give it my all. I know he’s going to watch somehow, somehow, so yeah, it was definitely nice to be back here. With all the players.
Luke Knox passed away on August 17, at the age of 22. He spent the past four seasons at Ole Miss before transferring to the Financial Intelligence Unit. The cause of his death was not made public; The university said at the time that police did not suspect tampering.
The FII honored Knox with a moment of silence in their season opener against Bryant on Thursday, and every Panthers player wore their number 16 helmet badge.
The Bills also observed a minute’s silence with the Knox before their second preseason game against the Denver Broncos last month. Multiple players, including linebackers Tyrell Dodson and narrow end Tommy SweeneyHe wore a T-shirt with the words “Long live Luke”.
Dawson Knox spent time away from the Bells after his brother’s death, but returned to the field on August 23. Knox said when he returned to Buffalo, he first realized that the city really felt like a second home to him.
“[I] I’ve really felt so much love and support these past few weeks with my brother, my family has been so grateful, and everyone in Buffalo has been amazing,” Knox said. The amount of messages you received, messages, stickers. A moment of silence for the pre-season match. It was everything I expected from Buffalo and more because this city is incredible, it means the world to me.”
Knox said Bills fans and others have raised more than $200,000 in Luke Knox’s name to the PUNT Pediatric Cancer Collaborative, a public charity in western New York with whom the Bills Project has worked closely. Some came in increments of $16.88, the two brothers’ total numbers. More than $100,000 was raised almost the first day after the news of Knox’s death.
“As parents of Luke and Dawson, we want to thank the Buffalo and Bills Mafia everywhere for the incredible outpouring of support and love you’ve shown to our family,” David and Rachel Knox said in a statement via PUNT. diligently but knowing these gifts in Luke’s honor will help many abusive families truly be blessed.”
Knox said he was not surprised to see the outpouring of support because of “an amazing city with such a wonderful fan base and people.”
Knox is in the final year of his contract after nine career touchdowns and 49 receptions in 2021. But he hasn’t been shy about declaring where he’d like to be in the long-term.
“I love all the people in Buffalo, and I hope to stay here for a long time,” Knox said.
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