Boston Bandits honor fallen teammate, Lloyd
BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (WHDH) -- Once a Bandit, always a Bandit. This semi-pro football team played for their teammate Saturday night with the game dedicated to Odin Lloyd and kicked off with a message from his sister.
Words to remember a fallen brother, followed by 53 seconds of silence for the man who wore that number on his back.
“We're going to be playing obviously with a heavy heart. Hopefully we'll continue to play the game Odin loves to play,” said Coach Olivier Bustin, Boston Bandits.
Since 2007, Odin Lloyd played linebacker for the Boston Bandits.
Almost two weeks after the 27-year-old was killed, his team took the field for their first game without him.
“I came here to support my friend Odin Lloyd,” said a friend.
In fitting tribute to a guy who loved to play, old friends filled the stands.
“I knew Odin since 7th grade, he was the most loving person I’ve ever met. Such a sweetheart, such a sweetheart,” Odin’s friend said.
“He woulda been over here cheering on, like look at the score come on,” another friend said.
The Bandits came from behind to tie up the game. Players say they just searched for inspiration.
“I felt like his prayers came down he definitely helped us tie the game,” said Jeff Similien, Boston Bandits.
By the end there were no winners and no losers on the board, just two teams coming together to honor one man.