But the shared experience of sport can't overshadow what the individual is going through. Todd Farchione, a research professor in the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University, said it's easy to understand how everyone got on board with taking the field in Kansas City, even if that wasn't necessarily the way every one of them would've handled it.
"I can imagine being a fly on the wall in that meeting and hearing all the different perspectives," Farchione said. "Some people, as the decision was being made, probably wanted to do what's best for the team. But people deal with grief in different ways. Some want to get back to work immediately and throw themselves into things they need to do. Others might want to go through a lengthier process, to deal with the loss immediately."
After thinking this out, I realize my feelings on what was appropriate this past Sunday aren't so cut and dried.
Really, there's no right or wrong when it comes to grieving.
All I can say to the Chiefs is this: You won the game as a team, just don't forget to take care of yourself.
Talk about it. Cry about it. Grieve about it.
That doesn't make you weak.
That makes you a man.
Paul Newberry is a national writer for The Associated Press. Write to him at pnewberry(at)ap.org or www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963
AP Sports Writers Joseph White in Ashburn, Va., George Henry in Flowery Branch, Ga., and Arnie Stapleton in Englewood, Colo., contributed to this report.
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