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I am sure many of you were born and bred into Bills fandom, but there is always more to the story than that. I would be interested in hearing how we all became Bills fanatics. I was born and raised in Ohio. The Bills were on local TV quite a bit in the late 80's in Columbus, so I became a Bills fan when I was about 5 just by seeing them all the time and loving Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas. 30 years later, I am still a diehard. I have been to Buffalo numerous times over the years for games and travel to many Bills road games in the region. I love the city of Buffalo! 

Anyway, what is your story? 

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Born and bred.  Thanks a lot, dad.

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The Bills drafted OJ and my dad bought season tickets.  We left Buffalo in 1978 but still a Bills fan.

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We used to sit around the bar on Sunday afternoons betting on the games. I lost a lot of money on the Bills in the 80’s, but man when the Bills hit the he 90’s, I made a killing.........until the Super-bowls and then I lost my shirt again.

 

Aye Carumba 

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I was on Main street and saw a Buffalo Bills ticket office. I thought I was buying tickets for a wild west show.

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UK fan so had no emotional attachment to any team. When I started watching NFL 5 years  ago, a friends dad who has been watching NFL 30 years , suggested the bills. This is due to the hard working blue collar nature of buffalo in comparasion to my own town Burnley. 

 

Needless to say I’m now hooked and try my best to engross myself in everything Buffalo Bills where possible 

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It was down to The Bills and Lions.

 

The Lions had some good points but the Bills really wooed me in their presentation

 

 

JK

 

#bornintoit

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1 minute ago, ukbuffalo said:

UK fan so had no emotional attachment to any team. When I started watching NFL 5 years  ago, a friends dad who has been watching NFL 30 years , suggested the bills. This is due to the hard working blue collar nature of buffalo in comparasion to my own town Burnley. 

 

Needless to say I’m now hooked and try my best to engross myself in everything Buffalo Bills where possible 

 

I don't watch much soccer. But when I do, it's arsenal.

 

:lol:

 

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Left Buffalo in 1977 (only followed the Sabres then; it's all dad watched), started following the Bills after they beat Houston in the playoffs in 1988 (and lost to Cincy in the AFCCG) when I was in college, and moved back to Buffalo at the end of the 1989 season.  Went to my first Bills game in 1990 against the Jets (TD from Kelly to Mueller, last play of the game).

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I was in middle school in Oregon in the early 90s when the Bills were the hot ticket.... I jumped on the bandwagon and was never able to jump off.... never wanted to jump off

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17 minutes ago, LeviF91 said:

Born and bred.  Thanks a lot, dad.

 

Same, my dad basically gave me no choice. I, in turn, am returning the favor to my kids. It builds character, or something like that.

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moved to Buffalo when I was 4 (in 1966). 

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I started out as a Browns fan.  That was the team I could watch on the family's black and white TV.  Leroy Kelly was my favorite player.  Then the Bills drafted and signed OJ Simpson, and I was hooked

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6 minutes ago, ukbuffalo said:

UK fan so had no emotional attachment to any team. When I started watching NFL 5 years  ago, a friends dad who has been watching NFL 30 years , suggested the bills. This is due to the hard working blue collar nature of buffalo in comparasion to my own town Burnley. 

 

Needless to say I’m now hooked and try my best to engross myself in everything Buffalo Bills where possible 

 

Just now, TigerJ said:

I started out as a Browns fan.  That was the team I could watch on the family's black and white TV.  Leroy Kelly was my favorite player.  Then the Bills drafted and signed OJ Simpson, and I was hooked

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The first football game I ever watched was the Ice Bowl game.  I loved the Packers Helmet/Logo and colors.  Their players had just as colorful names, Starr, Dowler, Nitschke.  I was an instant fan, especially since they won.   At that time, I did not even know Buffalo had a team.

 

It wasn't until OJ Simpson was drafted by the Bills, that I found out.  My first exposure to anything Bills was during Simpson's rookie year.  I watched a Saturday afternoon sports show on the Buffalo Bills hosted by Irv Weinstein.  The theme was, OJ to the right, OJ to the left, OJ up the middle, first down!

 

After that I started listening to the games on my transistor radio, been following ever since.

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I was actually an NFL fan in the 60s watching a lot of Browns games on local TV.  My older brother was a Bills fan, but I really didn't become a big fan until I moved to Buffalo in 1977. I went to several games in those years as ticket prices were cheap and the stadium was a lot of fun.  When they started winning in 1980, I was hooked.   I also became a Sabres fan around the same time.  I moved away from Buffalo in 1983 and never lost my love for the Bills and Sabres.  I love following my team on this site although I don't post much. 

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My parents are big Bills fans but the Bills weren’t my first team. When I was real young I just liked whoever won the Super Bowl.

 

I became a Bills’ fan during the Music City Miracle. That’s when my Fandom started and hasn’t stopped since. It was 17 years of pain, but I’ll never waiver!!

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Born and bred. And as anybody growing up near Buffalo knows, its all we do. There was no escape, nor desire to. 

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I ate a lot of paint chips as a kid. Jk Jk. I try to explain it that I rooted for the under dog. I.m not from Buffalo, I'm from Yonkers. And my dad is from Ireland, and knew, and still barely knows anything, about American sports. I'm 38, and when I was old enough to understand the game and play sports myself, the Bills were playing the Giants. Everyone from where I was from was rooting for the Giants, but I went the other way and decided I'd support the Bills. And I haven't turned back since I was 10.

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