Bills WR Stevie Johnson played day after mother’s death

Dec 8, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA;Buffalo Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson (13) prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

When the Buffalo Bills took the field on Sunday afternoon and ended the Jacksonville Jaguars three-game winning streak, Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson was playing with a very heavy heart. Bills head coach Doug Marrone had to deliver some bad news to Johnson on Saturday, after being informed that Johnson’s mother died unexpectedly in California.

Johnson had to weight the news and determine if he would suit up on Sunday or not, but he ultimately decided that his mother would have wanted him to go out there and help his team.

“I spent a lot of time with coach 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 will head to California this week, where he will begin to deal with his big loss.

We would like to send out our thoughts and condolences to Johnson and his entire family.

Topics: Buffalo Bills, Stevie Johnson

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