Buffalo Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives to celebrate the recovery of Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin and the resilience of the people of Buffalo and Western New York.
Higgins said, “Buffalo and Western New York have had our fair share of challenges over the last year. A racist mass shooter murdered innocent people at a local grocery store. A blinding blizzard took the lives of dozens of our neighbors two weeks ago. And what should have been an exciting Monday night football game turned into a nightmare for Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin and his family. Our community is grateful Damar is recovering at home with his family now. Today I rise to celebrate the people and the spirit of Buffalo. We are more than neighbors we are family. A family that sticks together, works together, and rallies around our teams and one another, in good times and in bad. I’m proud of the way Buffalo works through our struggles and prouder still to call this place with a big heart, home. Our best days are immediately in front of us. Go Bills!”
Higgins joined former National Football League players Congressman Colin Allred (D-TX-32) and Congressman Burgess Owens (R-UT-4) in providing remarks on January 12, 2023. Rep. Allred was a linebacker with the Tennessee Titans from 2006-2010. Rep. Owens played for the New York Jets and the Los Angeles Raiders in the 1970s and early 1980s. (video link)