Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll coached again with a heavy heart on Monday Night Football. Just weeks after losing his grandmother, Daboll’s grandfather passed away over the weekend. Daboll found out just before or during the flight to Tennessee on Sunday.
“Yeah unfortunate news,” said head coach Sean McDermott after the game. “Brian’s been through a lot over the last two or three weeks here and so our prayers and thoughts are obviously with him and his family. You never want to see someone go through that, it’s just unfortunate.”
Daboll’s grandparents were the ones who raised him in suburban Buffalo. Being with the Bills has meant being close to home over the last several seasons. His grandfather was 95. Ruth and Chris Kirsten had been married for 68 years.
The television crew was the group that broke the news of his grandfather’s passing. They spoke with Daboll just as he got off the plane to gain insight into the game plan, but instead found an emotional coach. “Raw” was how Steve Levy put it.
Donations can be made to West Seneca West Football Alumni, where Kirsten was a groundskeeper for 30 years. The address is 3330 Seneca Street, West Seneca, NY 14224.