As news of the 22-year-untimely old’s death spread, fans in Buffalo paid tribute to the former Florida International University and Ole Miss player.
On Saturday, before their preseason game against the Broncos, the Bills paid tribute to Florida International linebacker Luke Knox, who passed away this week at the age of 22.
Before the game began, Buffalo honored Knox, the younger brother of starting tight end Dawson Knox, with a moment of silence. Dawson, who was set to start his fourth season with the Bills, was not present at the game, and CBS play-by-play announcer Andrew Catalon confirmed his indefinite absence.
On Friday, Dawson tweeted his appreciation to everyone who has reached out to show their support for his family.
He expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support for his family, saying, “Thank you all.”
After an announcement was made on Thursday via social media, FIU head coach Mike MacIntyre confirmed the news that Knox had passed away. After starting his career at Ole Miss, Knox transferred to FIU after the 2021 season.
MacIntyre, who also spent a year with Knox on the Rebels, said, “Words cannot express the heartfelt sorrow we feel because of the passing of our teammate and friend, Luke Knox.” While I respected his dedication to football, it was his deep affection for his loved ones and his teammates that I will always remember. I care deeply about Luke and his loved ones, and I’ll keep them in my thoughts and prayers as they go through this tough time.
During a press conference on Thursday, Bills head coach Sean McDermott expressed his sadness for the Knox family. Since McDermott’s arrival in Buffalo in 2017, he has coached 2019 third-round pick Dawson Knox.
Dawson and his family have our deepest sympathies,” McDermott said. We stand in solidarity with him and his loved ones. He has our undying affection and backing.
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