The Buffalo Bills fanbase proved over this past week that they are more than a collective manifestation of your drunk uncle crashing a bachelor party. Beyond the parking lot bonfires and broken tables, there is a softer side, rooted in brotherly love.
Since Andy Dalton catapulted the Bills to its first playoff appearance since 1999 after a last-minute touchdown in Week 17 to beat the Baltimore Ravens, the savages of Western New York have shown a level of generosity that has highlighted the city’s character. Within two days, Dalton’s charity for children with serious illnesses and disabilities had amassed 7,000 donations totaling over $170,000. Most of the donations, Dalton claims, were $17, representing the Bills 17-year playoff drought.
Although the Bills have since been eliminated by the Jags in the Wild Card, the Buffalo Bills fanbase has demonstrated just how much good sports can be. Dalton’s 52-yard pass on 4th and 12 allowed Bills fans to pop its playoff blue balls, but more importantly, secure itself as one of the treasured fan bases in professional sports and provide top-tier content that has made my job more fun.
I mean, check out this dude with a Bills Andy Dalton jersey. The guy is probably some big wig attorney, but Bills Mafia is an equal opportunity employer–knowing no class, race, or creed.
One man turned it up three notches by getting a large tattoo of Andy Dalton jumping through a table. It is art.
During the Bengals final drive against the Ravens, a Bills fan promised to get an Andy Dalton tattoo if he converted. The man kept his word, raised the money for the tattoo via a grassroots campaign and donated the remaining proceeds to Dalton’s charity.
Until next year Bills Mafia. Thanks for the memories.