Dylan Lonnen has been a huge fan of Buffalo Bills wide receiver Zay Jones since Jones arrived last season, but he now has a personal connection with him.
Lonnen, 12, received a delivery Tuesday with a box from Jones with a game ball and signed cleats and a note that read:
"Dear Dylan, I hope this letter finds you doing well. My condolences on the loss of your mother. My heart goes out to you and your family. Please stay strong little bro. Hopefully this ball and game-worn cleat will cheer you up! Thank you for your love and support. It means the world to me. Much love! Go Bills! Your friend, Zay."
Last weekend marked three months since Dylan's mother unexpectedly died.
One of the many reasons why I love being a Bills fan. Can't thank @zayjones11 enough for taking time to do this for my brother especially after the rough few months we have been faced with after unexpectedly loosing our mother #BillsMafia @buffalobills pic.twitter.com/nlJiEO4Owf
— Hannah Lonnen (@hlips98) July 24, 2018
Dylan and his older sister, Hannah, were raised huge Bills fans. Their dad has kept a cutout of Jim Kelly in the family living room in Medina.
Their cousin, Devon Collins, played lacrosse at Syracuse University and she was involved in the package being delivered through friends in the NFL, although she is keeping the exact details quiet.
Hannah posted the gift on Twitter to thank Jones. Former teammate Eric Wood and Jones' father, a former NFL player, were among the hundreds of people who commended Jones for the good deed.
Jones planned to deliver the box personally, but that was delayed because of knee surgery. Withe training camp about to begin, Jones decided to mail the package instead.
"I figured it had something to do with Syracuse Lacrosse. I never thought it would be anything from Zay," Hannah said in a Twitter direct message. "When he opened it, a huge smile came on his face, I wish I would have gotten it on tape, As soon as I realized what it was, I started to cry. It's just what he needed. ... Dylan is such a humble and grateful kid; he totally deserves this.
"We are proud and love being a part of this Buffalo sports community."
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