Shortly after the Bills arrived in Jacksonville on Saturday, wide receiver Stevie Johnson found out his mother had died unexpectedly in California that day.
Johnson chose to stay with the team and played in Sunday’s 27-20 win over the Jaguars. Johnson said it was a difficult decision and that it was tough to focus on the game at times, but that he felt like he should give it his all “no matter what” and that he was “sure” his mother would be happy that he helped the team get a win.
“I spent a lot of time with coach [Doug] Marrone and we just sat and talked,” Johnson said, via the team’s website. “We talked about everything. It wasn’t about football. I felt good about it. He talked to me like I was his son or something. He made me feel comfortable with my decision whichever way it went, whether it was to fly right back or stay. I felt like we’ve got business here and I’m here already so let’s take care of business and we’ll deal with everything else after the game.”
Johnson is expected to travel back to California this week. Everyone at PFT offers their condolences to Johnson and his family on their loss.