The Buffalo Bills are widely known for having the most loyal and dedicated fan-base in not only the NFL, but all of professional sports.
I grew up in the town of Olean, New York with no shortage of Bills fans. Growing up, I heard all of the speeches about the comeback and the countless sayings: “12+83 Always Equals 6,” ‘Where Else Would You Rather Be, Than Right Here, Right Now,’ and “It’s Fandemonium,” just to name a few. I loved Buffalo football.
We moved to Houston when I was ten and I have never felt that football energy since, until now. Excited for the new season, I decided to go to the Bills Backers bar in Houston. I had a blast and felt that energy again, through the legend of Ralph Wilson, Jr. and the beginning of this new era. Most of us know what it’s like to sit in “The Ralph” and many of us wish to be there. But for those of us far away, I strongly encourage you to look for these Bills Backers groups. It truly felt like Buffalo.
With the passing of Mr. Wilson, I look forward to being surrounded by Bills fans and watching alongside other dedicated fans. Still, we mustn’t look past the legend, Ralph Wilson, Jr., and how he helped make the NFL what it is today. He kept the AFL above water and more than likely was the sole reason we have the Oakland Raiders today. He served our country, donated millions to medical research, and so much more.
The Bills were his creation, driven by the spirit of The Rockpile and blood, sweat, and tears. I’m thrilled that Mr. Wilson’s memory will continue to live on for the foreseeable future in Buffalo after Terry and Kim Pegula, the owners of the Buffalo Sabres, agreed to purchase the team for $1.4 billion.
While we spend this season and many more celebrating the man Mr. Wilson was, if you can’t be at the stadium on Sunday, go outside your comfort zone and experience the many Bills Backers bars around the country. You won’t regret it!