Buffalo fan named first Fan of the Year for SI’s FanSided site

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — One of the largest supporters of sports in western New York received the honor of being named the Fan of the Year by a popular sports media organization.

FanSided, a division of Sports Illustrated, announced on Tuesday that Dennis Gleason, a Niagara Falls, New York native, won the honor in the program’s inaugural year.

Gleason, who has worked as a substance abuse prevention coordinator and as a youth pastor, is a die-hard fan of the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres.

FanSided said Gleason watched the Buffalo Bills through their AFL Championships, and has remained a fan since, and watched in person as the Buffalo Sabres took the ice for the first time ever.

Gleason is such a sports fan that he proposed to his now wife on the phone on the way to a Sabres game in 1977. He has since worked to foster sports in the local community.

As part of the honor, Gleason will be featured in an upcoming issue of Sports Illustrated.

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