ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) – Buffalo Bills fans cheer and yell each game day at Ralph Wilson Stadium, but Sunday’s game was amplified by the feeling of optimism after what’s being called “the greatest week to be a Bills fan.”
Pouring out of the stadium, excitement about the Bills’ 29-10 home opener win is an understatement.
One fan said, “It’s a great feeling to be a Bills fan. Go Buffalo. Number one in the east.”
“No one picked us to be on the top of the league. But today we are,” said another fan.
“Bills man” said, “Our backfield is insane, our defense is sick, we’re blood thirsty. Bills on the war path, we’re doing it this year.”
Ricky Shaw said, “Best game ever, best game ever, by far.”
“It’s a great feeling to be a Bills fan. Go Buffalo. Number one in the east,” said a fan.
The Dolphins faced a fierce opponent in the 12th man.
One fan described the game: “The atmosphere was totally different than any other Bills game, everyone just felt some type of way tonight.”
Fans were worked up over the week’s news leading up to this game, knowing the Pegula family will likely be the team’s next owner.
John Klein said, “We love Terry Pegula. We love him, thank you so much, you are a God to us.”
The team memorialized the late Ralph Wilson Jr. at the game. His name is now golden on the Wall of Fame.
Jim Kelly spoke at the tribute. Fans were so loud, he couldn’t even start his speech, reducing him to tears.
Mary Wilson, Ralph’s widow, who will sell the team to a family loyal to Western New Yorkers, was also brought to tears by the tribute.
Fan Jeff Kreuz said, “It’s emotion, it’s family, it makes me tear up to think about Ralph, it really does.”
“You couldn’t ask for a better tribute to Ralph Wilson. The guy who brought the Bills to Buffalo, and he’s kept it in Buffalo, and if it wasn’t for him, the Bills wouldn’t be in Buffalo.”