On March 16, 2020, a change occurred that nobody thought would happen in NFL history. That change involved a trade that would send the Minnesota Vikings wide receiver, Stefon Diggs to the Buffalo Bills. The reason why the Vikings made this decision was to pick up a fresh player for the new season they were about to undergo. Sure enough, they picked up Justin “JET” Jefferson in the first round 22nd pick. He was another big time receiver from college, LSU, who had a decent season with a new lineup while breaking records that haven’t been touched since the late 90’s!
People began to doubt that Diggs would help the Bills get wins, but he showed them. Diggs came into the Bills organization putting his best foot forward. Bringing his confidence and swagger to the organization brought the team more life and excitement which came out to wins! In the Top 100 players of 2020, Diggs was nominated #54 out of the best athletes in the league. Defensive back Xavier Rhodes for the Colts, talked about how he has so much confidence when he’s on the field, as if he were another version of Chad Johnson a.k.a “Ochocinco,” an old time receiver that made big turnarounds for the Bengals back in the 90s. Diggs led the NFL in most receptions and most catches in one season, setting a franchise record. In addition he’d even become one of the keys on the offense with his explosive route running, which led the Bills in the deep playoffs, the AFC championship.
Fast forwarding to now, sadly, the Bills fell short against the 2019 world champs, Kansas City Chiefs 38-24. After the loss he stayed on the field, soaking in the moment, the moment he worked so hard for that he was supposed to capture. Looking at that photo, it was easy to see the fire in him burn. It was a look that said he’s going to come even harder than ever before.
Put yourself in his cleats. If you’d been doubted but worked your hardest to shut down the haters only to fall short to a minor hiccup, what would you do? Would you lay down and just let adversity walk over you, or would you get back up and punch it in the mouth? Your answer has a lot to do with how you want to be remembered.
By Jaden Stewart, Senior, Perspectives Charter School
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