ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) – Buffalo Bills Quarterback Kyle Orton may be new to town, but he’s already getting involved with the western New York community. Orton was greeted with handmade signs, Bills gear, and plenty of cheers when he visited Doodle Bugs in Orchard Park on Tuesday, where his daughter Olivia is a preschooler.
The appearance was part of Read for the Record, a nationwide event which encourages children and adults to celebrate and promote literacy. As part of the program, Orton was invited to read to the children from the book “Bunny Cakes,” by Rosemary Wells. “I’m actually a big reader, I read a ton, especially in the off season. I read a ton. And we try to instill that in Olivia. And they do a great job here doing the same thing.”
Orton says at age three, Olivia is starting to get a grasp of what her father does for a living. “We drive by the stadium, ‘hey that’s Dad’s work.’ She comes to all the games and dresses up as a cheerleader. So she’s starting to understand it,” Orton said. “I think she does know that dad’s got a pretty cool job and loves what he does.”
Olivia even played a role in her father’s pregame routine this past weekend before the Bills’ home game against the Minnesota Vikings. Orton surprised fans when he arrived for the game without his signature mustache. “Sometimes it’s a spur of the moment thing,” Orton said about his sudden change of appearance. “I think it was Friday, and I think Olivia wanted to shave it with me. So, we did it.”
Orton helped the team to a last second 17-16 win in that game, but he does not necessarily think that the choice to shave was a lucky one. “I’ve won plenty of games with and without facial hair. So that’s probably not a determining factor.”