Although he’s originally from New York City, Bills Season Ticket Member David Crawford has always considered himself a Bills fan. Committed to supporting his favorite team, Crawford purchased season tickets in 1981, but has been attending games long before then. Over the years, he’s loved nothing more than watching the Bills live and still fondly recalls some of his most memorable trips to New Era Field.
Like many Bills fans, one of his top moments came in 1993 at the epic “Comeback Game” against the Houston Oilers. However, Crawford’s story is unique. Twisting fate, Crawford, who forgot his ticket at home that day, was lucky enough to secure a copy from the ticket office, allowing him entry to one of the most impressive victories in franchise history. Another matchup that comes to mind for Crawford is the Bills-Jets rivalry game that he attended with his father in 1979.
“I took my father, who passed away three years ago, to a Jets game back in the ’70s. We were getting our rears handed to us and then a guy by the name of Jerry Butler, they threw a bomb to [him] and [he] caught a touchdown pass before halftime, [started making plays and] by the end of that game, he had four touchdowns and we won…. So, that was a memory with my father where I was like, ‘This isn’t a good game to have him at’ and it turned for us.”
Photos of Bills fans at the team's 2018 Week 12 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Say Cheese is presented by Yancey's Fancy.
Nearly half a century of fandom has granted Crawford the opportunity to see many Bills Legends take the field. One of his all-time favorite Bills players is special teams ace – and Wall of Famer – Steve Tasker. Currently, quarterback Josh Allen, linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, cornerback Tre’Davious White and defensive tackle Kyle Williams are Crawford’s favorites.
While he cites coming to Bills games as one of the best parts of being a Bills Season Ticket Member, Crawford also loves tailgating. In fact, he’s been tailgating in the same location, with the same crew since the mid- ‘80s. While his tailgate routine is simple, yet consistent, as Crawford describes, it’s something that he wouldn’t trade for the world.
“I think the Bills treat us well…[and] I’ve [only] missed eight games since the beginning of the ’78 season,” he explained. “So, I enjoy the live games. If you don’t give me days that are 35 degrees and rain, I’m good. Just the comradery [and] all the people around me… [are great].”
The Buffalo Bills would like to thank David for his many years of being a loyal Bills Season Ticket Member and our Season Ticket Member of the Game. In addition to David being selected as a Season Ticket Member of the Game, he received a club seat upgrade at the Jaguars vs. Bills matchup on Sunday, Nov. 25, an autographed item and select Bills merchandise.
If you would like to nominate a Season Ticket Member of the Game, please fill out the form located here.