The Buffalo Bills didn’t begin their 2021 season as planned with their loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday in Orchard Park.
But Stefon Diggs wants all of his teammates to know that’s OK.
Following a late fourth quarter field goal from kicker Tyler Bass, which effectively sealed Pittsburgh’s 23-16 victory, Diggs was spotted with his head down on the sideline. That’s understandable, considering it was a disappointing effort all around.
But what happened afterwards is noteworthy.
With a clap of his hands, Diggs emerged from his spot on the Bills’ bench and proceeded to high-five everybody in sight. The gesture was a quintessential example of a team captain trying to rally his troops.
Now a Bills captain, Diggs spoke candidly last week about his shortcomings at the end of his run with the Minnesota Vikings.
“Coming from my old team — I hate talking about old stuff — but up to me wanting to leave and wanting to go to another place, I was a great teammate,” he said. “It wasn’t until I wanted to do something else is when I became a bad teammate. So as far as when things aren’t going good, you know, it’s all good until it’s not good. So for me, even then, I always tried to play with a chip on my shoulder and lead my team the best way I know how.”
Diggs has exhibited nothing but excellent leadership since joining the Bills, to go along with his outstanding production on the field. He caught nine passes for 69 yards Sunday — leading Buffalo in both categories.
Prior to the game, Diggs also garnered headlines for his cleats, which paid tribute to the late actor Michael K. Williams.
Diggs emerged last season as one of the game’s best receivers, and now he’s developing into a great leader. The Bills may have lost on Sunday, but a captain was born.