Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller has spent some time away from the team after learning of his grandfather’s wild shooting spree that resulted in two deaths and two injuries before he turned the gun on himself and fired another fatal bullet.
After the time with his family, Spiller has returned to New York to rejoin his teammates and he is looking forward to getting back to work with his strong support system.
“I wanted to be around my guys,” Spiller said. “I wanted to come and practice with these guys and get ready for New England. I understand that it is a tragic event that took place. It’s going to take a while to cope with it. But at the same time, I can’t forget the task and the goal and the dreams that we have here as a team and as an organization. I want to be a part of that.”
Spiller is still dealing with the tragedy and trying to wrap his head about where it all went wrong, but he knows that being with his team will allow him to get the help that he may need as he tries to make sense of everything that has gone down.
“Obviously, I’m lying if I said I’ll put it behind me,” Spiller said. “It’s still early. There’s still some emotions there. When I get out there on the football field that’s all I’m worried about. When I go home and stuff like that, you should be able to cope with it. I’m pretty sure if I need any guidance or counseling, I’ll get that.”
Luckily for Spiller, the regular season starts for the Bills on Sunday, so he will be able to get some therapy on the playing field by returning to action and putting all of his focus and attention on helping the Bills rack up wins.