Stevie Johnson suits up Sunday despite sudden death of his mother

Sunday December 15th, 2013

Stevie Johnson hopes to find solace on the field Sunday. Stevie Johnson caught one pass for four yards in the Bills' win Sunday. (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

The Buffalo Bills entered Week 15 all but out of the postseason race, but that did not prevent Stevie Johnson from taking the field under the toughest of circumstances. Tim Graham of the Buffalo News reported that Johnson opted to play Sunday despite the unexpected death of his mother on Saturday. Johnson caught one pass for four yards in the Bills' 27-20 win over Jacksonville.

As one might expect, Johnson was "devastated," according to Graham. Johnson sports a tattoo with his mother's name, Rhonda, on his right arm.

Bills head coach Doug Marrone said in his postgame press conference that he respected Johnson's decision to play, according to WKBW's Jeff Russo.

We've seen NFL players take to the field as a means of working through tragedy in the past. Adrian Peterson played earlier this season shortly after the death of his infant son, and Brett Favre famously delivered a brilliant performance in the wake of his father's passing.

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