Following Monday's practice, tight end Dawson Knox addressed the media for the first time since his brother Luke suddenly passed away on August 17. Knox expressed immense gratitude to everybody, especially the city of Buffalo, for the love and support shown towards his family over the last few weeks.
"The amount of texts I've gotten, the messages, the posts, the moment of silence for the preseason game, it's just been everything that I expected out of Buffalo and more because this city is incredible," Knox said. "And they raised over $200,000 for the P.U.N.T. Foundation in my brother's name, so it's just been an absolute blessing to see everybody from Buffalo show us love in that way."
"I love all the people in Buffalo and hopefully I'll be here for a long time," Knox added.
From the text messages to the dollar amount of donations that were made in Luke's name, the support the tight end received was mind blowing and more than he could have ever expected. But after playing in the city for three seasons and seeing how Bills fans give back, the support wasn't too surprising for Knox.
"This is such an incredible city with such an incredible fan base and people," Knox said. "It really truly does feel like home. I know I've said that before, but I kind of realized that for the first time when I came back up here after everything that it really does feel like a second home to me."
When the tragedy occurred and Knox returned home to Tennessee to be with his family, quarterback Josh Allen shared that the Bills would spread their love to Knox when he returned to the team, and they've done exactly that. Since coming back to Buffalo, his teammates and coaches have helped Knox from a mental and emotional standpoint.
"It's very therapeutic just doing what I love with the guys I love," Knox said. "I know that my brother would want it that way, too. He wants me to give everything I got. I know he's going to be watching somehow, some way."
Knox's teammates, coaches, and coordinators have felt his presence in the building and on the field since he rejoined the team.
"To have what happened is awful, but he's doing what he's got to do," fellow TE Tommy Sweeney said. "He's come back and he's balling (on the field)."
"He's a guy I respect so much because every time he steps foot on the field, he's going 100% and I love that about him," offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey said. "When you preach ups and downs, fighting through those, and just staying steady, that's Dawson."
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