With this week’s announcement by Bills President Russ Brandon that the Bills have set an all-time record for season ticket holders with 57,500 (and counting), it’s obvious that Western New York is bleeding blue and red as much as any time since the Super Bowl years.
Considering the fact that the team hasn’t made the playoffs since Bill Clinton was in the oval office, why the sudden burst of Bills pride? It is likely a combination of factors, including new, long-term ownership in the Pegulas; a new, nationally recognizable coach in Rex Ryan, exciting new players like LeSean McCoy and Percy Harvin, and a 9-7 finish in 2014 that represents the team’s best record in a decade (sad but true). The additional national relevance and exposure (two scheduled prime time games in one season!) promises to only increase the excitement as the season continues.
On top of the exciting day-to-day news surrounding the team, the players and coaches seem to be directly connecting with Western New York more than any time since the Super Bowl era.
Here’s a look at some of the Bills’ recent community appearances and involvement that have helped generate more positive headlines for the franchise in WNY and beyond:
Source: USA Today
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Source: The Buffalo News