When it comes to being a Bills fan, everyone knows that it's a 24/7/365 kind of gig. Proud to support their team any chance they get, Bills fans are extra amped when they can watch Buffalo take the national stage. The faithful will get an opportunity this weekend when the Bills face the Houston Texans in an AFC Wild Card matchup on Saturday, Jan. 4, at 4:35 p.m. In celebration, groups across the (716) banded together to demonstrate their excitement in the days leading up to the big game.
While not uncommon to see area residents wearing their best red, white and blue Bills gear, Mayor Byron Brown made sure that the City of Buffalo would go all out for Bills-Texans. Taking to Twitter, Brown called upon locals to sport Bills colors on Friday, Jan. 3, and on game day.
Happy to oblige, Buffalonians everywhere dressed the part in anticipation of Buffalo's second playoff appearance in three seasons and shared the fun on social media. During a press conference in which Brown and City Hall employees sang the "Shout Song," he reinforced his belief in his hometown squad and had a message for the Bills' adversary.
Bills special teamers Reid Ferguson and Corey Bojorquez also joined the conversation online, encouraging fans to represent Buffalo – no matter where they are.
Local organizations couldn't resist showing their Bills spirit either. ECMC, the Official Healthcare Provider of the Buffalo Bills, hosted a playoff pep rally on Friday morning. Featuring Bills Legends David White, Marlo Perry, Ed Rutkowski, Jon Corto and Lou Piccone, as well as Billy Buffalo, DJs and the Bills Stampede, the event gave patients and caregivers an outlet to root for the team as they make their way to H-Town.
The energy is so infectious in the city, that even the animals at the Buffalo Zoo chimed in!
As head coach Sean McDermott's Bills get set for their first-ever playoff game in Houston, it's nice to know they have the backing of a whole community on their side.