Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen's grandmother, Patricia Allen, passed away Saturday at age 80.
Coach Sean McDermott said he spoke to Allen on Saturday night to offer his condolences and see whether Allen wanted to play.
"He said that he wanted to play," McDermott said. "We just felt like he was going to have to compartmentalize for the better part of 24 hours in order to get through the game. And that's what he did and then he was emotional after the game."
On the question of Allen's decision to play, his mother, Lavonne, tweeted that there was no decision because Patricia, aka "Grammy," was Josh's biggest fan.
Lavonne Allen, Josh's mom, tweeted Sunday night: "It was a very rough day yesterday but grammy wouldnt have had it any other way but to have Josh out on that field with his family/teammates. She lived for Sundays to watch her grandson and favorite team the Bills ... Grammy and Papa had the best seats in the house 7-2."
It was a very rough day yesterday but grammy wouldnt have had it any other way but to have Josh out on that field with his family/teammates She lived for Sundays to watch her grandson and favorite team the Bills💙❤️ Grammy and Papa had the best seats in the house🙏🏼💔7-2🎉— Lavonne Allen (@LavonneAllen) November 8, 2020
The post includes blue and red hearts (Bills colors) and a broken heart, along with a celebratory symbol for the Bills' record.
In response to Patricia's death, Bills fans have donated $200,000 and counting to Oishei Children's Hospital, an organization close to Allen's heart.
#BillsMafia we first share in your support of @JoshAllenQB with the loss of his grandmother. Thank you all for the overwhelming amount of donations, totalling at $19,000 and still coming in. We are incredibly grateful and this level of support will make such an impact. Thank you! https://t.co/RxlVAbkTaD— Oishei Children's Hospital (@OCHBuffalo) November 9, 2020
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