WASHINGTON — Lorenzo Alexander spent most of his career with the Washington Redskins, becoming a pillar in the community in addition to his versatile play on the field.
Now with the Buffalo Bills, he carried a bit of the Northern Virginia community with him before Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens, on the 15th anniversary of 9/11:
As the tweet from Bills fan @dano_bills notes, the protective helmet belongs to Kevin Shafer of the Manassas Volunteer Fire Department. Shafer was a first responder after the attack at the Pentagon on 9/11, and is also a CBS Radio host on 106.7 The Fan.
The gesture did not go unnoticed by Shafer or area fire departments:
After the game, Alexander explained to the media that Shafer remains a friend. He did not wear the helmet during the National Anthem, choosing instead to stand with the rest of his teammates and staff.
After his touching gesture, Alexander immediately shifted his focus to the Ravens, making the special teams tackle on the opening kickoff. He would go on to sack Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco in the game, and finished with three defensive tackles.
This was his first start on defense since 2013 with the Arizona Cardinals.