How a trip to the 2019 Pro Bowl strengthened this 40-year Bills fan’s love for the game

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To say that David Sullivan is a die hard Bills fan would be an understatement.

A Season Ticket Member since 1979, Sullivan has joyfully supported his team through thick and thin as long as he can remember. Recently, Sullivan and his wife Marianne, who is also an avid supporter, added a new experience to their list of Bills memories when they took a trip to the 2019 Pro Bowl.

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, the Sullivans, who won the excursion at the team’s Fan Appreciation Day game, made their way to Orlando to take part in the NFL’s 2019 Pro Bowl Season Ticket Member Experience. An exclusive getaway that brings season ticket members from around the league together for a behind-the-scenes look at one of the NFL’s premier events, the three-day vacation included special programs tailored specifically for the group.

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Before they left for the Sunshine State, the Sullivans expressed their excitement for their upcoming adventure.

“…Meeting some of the players and just the whole experience [is what I’m looking forward to],” said David.

After catching up with them once they got back, it’s safe to say that the experience exceeded their expectations.

While in Orlando, the Sullivans enjoyed a “You Make the Call” session with SVP of Officiating, Al Riveron, a “Chalk Talk” with NFL Legends Brian Urlacher and Chad Pennington and a signature game day welcome.

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 “Well, I think the Friday night get-together was pretty good with the referee,” said Marianne. “He was very interesting, and he put some insight onto how they make the calls and stuff. I really liked that.”

For both David and Marianne, one of the biggest highlights of the trip, however, was that they got to spend time getting to know their counterparts from other teams.

I think one good thing was meeting other people from around the country, other fans,” said Marianne. “Just getting their perspective on the games [was great] and I think we made some friends. So, it’s really cool.”

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On game day, the Sullivans and their newfound friends were treated to a breakfast where they received a warm reception from NFL personnel. Prior to kickoff, the group had a chance to take photos on the field, giving them an up-close look at some of the NFL’s most talented athletes.

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Proudly sporting their team provided custom Bills jerseys, the Sullivans soaked up every minute of the experience and even got to see their daughter, who now lives in Orlando. Proving that football really is family, and that the love for the game brings people together, the Sullivans are planning on keeping in contact with the season ticket members that they met.

“This was just really a once-in-a-lifetime thing. We really did have a good time,” said Marianne.

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