"I've learned a lot from him," he said. "The whole of last year, I was sitting next to him like in meetings and all that. ... I don't know what the situation is right now, but everyone's praying for the best for Nick and we want him back."
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"I've had a lot of deaths in the family," he said. "My granddad's dream was to watch somebody in his family play on TV. He wasn't able to do it. That drives me, too."
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