Now a few weeks removed from the the tragic events of May in the East side of Buffalo, Bills offensive lineman Dion Dawkins took to the Players’ Tribune to reflect.
The outlet, described as one by players for players, allows athletes to speak out in their own words. Dawkins hopped on board and decided to pen a message relating to the events of the shooting in Buffalo which took the lives of 10 people in a racially-motivated attack at a supermarket.
Dawkins used his opportunity to describe the western New York community to the world. The bond that folks in the area have and how they’ve stuck together in wake of tragedy.
An excerpt from Dawkins:
We were all hurting — everyone who reps for this place, for the people of Buffalo, for what this community stands for. Because in this town, we’re all tied together. We have a bond that’s unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before. I noticed it right away after getting drafted by the Bills. I immediately felt the energy of this place, the love. I saw firsthand how Buffalo is a city of helpers, of people who are willing to put in work to make things better every day. I saw the connection that people have, how they band together to overcome challenges. And before long, that stuff … it became part of who I am. It got into my bones.
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