The player whose lateral produced Miami’s miracle win on Sunday is also a champion for LGBT rights. Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills was part of a last second play that propelled Miami past the New England Patriots, 34-33, Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium.
In September, Stills was awarded a“Luminary Icon”award by SAVE, a Miami based nonprofit LGBT organization. At the awards ceremony, held at Bacardi’s worldwide headquarters, Stills told theMiami Herald“I connect deeply with SAVE’s mission and I realize it doesn’t matter which specific group you are fighting for, and everyone deserves equality, everyone deserves safety, and everyone deserves to be able to live their lives free of hate, fear and discrimination.”
In Miami’s last second win, Stills caught a pass from quarterback Ryan Tannehill and quickly lateralled to DeVante Parker who lateralled to Kenyan Drake who raced 50 yards for a touchdown to win the game and shock the division leading Patriots.
Miami improves to 7-6 on the season, while New England falls to 9-4.
Stills, 26, played college football at the University of Oklahoma and was drafted by the New Orleans Saints. In 2015, New Orleans traded Stills to Miami where he drew attention for kneeling during the National Anthem.
“I knew it was my time,” Stills said in his speech at the SAVE Luminary Awards. “I didn’t want to look back on this period in my life and regret not getting involved in activism and letting people know this wasn’t okay.”