For as long as Chris Jakubczak can remember, he's been a Buffalo Bills fan. His love for the team stems from his grandfather, who first purchased season tickets in 1964. His grandfather's commitment to the Bills was passed down to Jakubczak's father and then onto him. Of all the great memories he's made while supporting the Bills, the moments that Jakubczak holds nearest to his heart are those he spent with his family.
"…I got to go to dozens and dozens of games with my father and my grandfather," he said. "Three generations of Bills fans sitting together for many years…For me, I have a bunch of pictures that I can just look at and remember those times – really good times…and that's probably my favorite memory…It's because of the Bills that we got there to do that.
"When I was young, Sundays were like a big deal. I mean, the whole family would get together. We'd go to the game and then we'd come home [from] the game [and] my grandma, my aunts and uncles would all be there. Everyone would be there hanging out, watching the game at the house…but everyone would be together, and we'd have dinner together after the game. That was pretty neat."
Photos of Bills fans at the team's 2018 Week 8 Monday Night Football game against the New England Patriots. Say Cheese is presented by Yancey's Fancy.
Although things have changed over the years, Jakubczak's dedication to the Bills has not. His game days at New Era Field are still very much filled with tradition, starting with his tailgate ritual.
"We usually have about five of us [hanging out]," he said. "we meet at my house at 9 a.m. sharp. If you're late, we leave without you – we really don't. We say we're going to, but never do. We get to the stadium, we park…It's just awesome. We get there, and we have a really good time. We always cook…I love it. I wouldn't do anything else on Sundays."
From the Old Rockpile to New Era Field, Jakubczak has enjoyed watching many Bills players take the field over the years. His all-time favorite players are wide receiver Bobby Chandler, wide receiver Frank Lewis, nose tackle Fred Smerlas and running back Thurman Thomas. On the current team, Jakubczak's favorite is defensive tackle Kyle Williams.
The Buffalo Bills would like to thank Chris for his many years of being a loyal Bills Season Ticket Member and our Season Ticket Member of the Game. In addition to Chris being selected as a Season Ticket Member of the Game, he received a club seat upgrade at the Patriots vs. Bills matchup on Monday, Oct. 29, an autographed item and select Bills merchandise.
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