Buffalo Bills remain silent after the death of tight end Dowson Knox’s brother Luke

Buffalo Bills remain silent after the death of tight end Dowson Knox’s brother Luke

Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson Knox thanks fans for the “outpouring of love and support” following the shock death of his brother Luke at age 22 … as the NFL team observes a minute’s silence before the game against the Denver Broncos

  • Luke Knox, a Florida International soccer player, died suddenly at the age of 22
  • Luke’s older brother and former teammate Dawson Knox plays for the Bills
  • Dawson said the “hearts of the family were broken” but thanked people for their support
  • The Bills held a moment of silence before their preseason game against Denver

Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson Knox thanked fans for their support after the death of his brother, Florida International University football player Luke Knox, as the NFL team held a moment’s silence on Saturday.

The 22-year-old died suddenly and school officials and Bill’s head coach Sean McDermott confirmed the death Thursday. An exact cause of death was not announced, but the police do not assume third-party negligence.

A minute’s silence was held in Buffalo before the Bills game against the Denver Broncos on Saturday.

Dawson Knox was absent from the game as he was at church with his family on Saturday and will be absent from the team indefinitely.

He broke his silence on his brother’s death on Friday night as he took to social media to thank people for their support.

“Thank you all for the outpouring of love and support to my family. Our hearts are broken but we know Luke is in a much better place now with his Savior Jesus,” Dawson wrote.

Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson Knox thanked fans for their support following the death of his brother, 22-year-old Florida International University football player Luke

The Bills were silent for the 22-year-old before their game against the Denver Broncos

The Bills were silent for the 22-year-old before their game against the Denver Broncos

“We will celebrate his life at Christ Pres. Church tomorrow, viewing from 2 p.m. and service at 4 p.m.’

The tight end also included the link to the livestream of his brother’s funeral and memorial services, which will be held in their home state of Tennessee.

Luke was originally enrolled at Ole Miss as a linebacker and tight end but had since transferred to FIU where he hoped to compete for a linebacker spot. He got to play two seasons with Dawson at Ole Miss before the older brother was drafted by the Bills as a close pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

FIU head coach Mike MacIntyre, who also previously worked with Luke as Ole Miss’ defense coordinator, also released a statement.

Luke (left) played for two seasons with his older brother Dawson (right) at Ole Miss

Luke (left) played for two seasons with his older brother Dawson (right) at Ole Miss

Luke was originally enrolled at Ole Miss as a linebacker and tight end but had switched to FIU

Luke was originally enrolled at Ole Miss as a linebacker and tight end but had switched to FIU

Luke and Dawson were close and much of the former's Instagram profile was dedicated to the latter

Luke and Dawson were close and much of the former’s Instagram profile was dedicated to the latter

“Luke’s family is special to me and they will always be in my heart and prayers during this difficult time,” MacIntyre said. “On behalf of the entire FIU football family, I offer my sincere condolences to Luke’s family and everyone who loves him.”

Ole Miss trainer Lane Kiffin also released a statement Thursday: “I’m extremely grateful for my personal relationship and the time I’ve spent with Luke,” Kiffin said. “He was a great teammate and an even better person who lifted everyone around him.”

Luke and Dawson were close, and much of the former’s Instagram account was dedicated to the latter.

“So damn proud of you bro,” Luke wrote on Instagram after Dawson was drafted in 2019. “Time to go and get what’s yours!! Loving You’