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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) -- Buffalo Bills super fan Pancho Billa does not appear to be doing well.

Billa, whose real name is Ezra Castro, is battling cancer.

 

His lifelong companion, Veronica, shared a message with News 4, stating "It has become difficult for Ezra to breathe, so he has been on a constant medicine drip to keep him confortable. Pancho has been asleep, not moving, and non-responsive since this past Thursday."

 

She went on to thank the Bills Mafia for their continued support and love.

 

 

https://www.wivb.com/news/local-news/pancho-billa-s-partner-shares-health-update/1998735167?fbclid=IwAR3_aUTKOCRYfTwMaSQuzN8z03C71Aut6Rw3i1iHueLejqVzSFK_7B_kd04

 

 

 

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Petition looks for Bills to sign Pancho Billa to one-day contract

 

Sign Pancho Billa to a one day Contract

 

The Buffalo Bills have virtually finalized all of their major signings at this point in the offseason. However, a Bills fan has started a petition for the organization to offer at least one more contract.

 

A change.org petition is seeking signatures to fulfill the goal of the Buffalo Bills signing superfan Pancho Billa to a one-day contract. The petition, aimed with the intended audience of the Buffalo Bills Front Office, hopes the organization will recognize Ezra Castro, affectionately known as Pancho Billa, for his involvement within the Buffalo fan community.

 

The petition has been signed 6,290 times as of Sunday night. The goal for the petition is 7,500 signatures, which would be quite a feat for a movement that started only a couple of days ago.

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1 hour ago, DaBillsFanSince1973 said:

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Petition looks for Bills to sign Pancho Billa to one-day contract

 

Sign Pancho Billa to a one day Contract

 

The Buffalo Bills have virtually finalized all of their major signings at this point in the offseason. However, a Bills fan has started a petition for the organization to offer at least one more contract.

 

A change.org petition is seeking signatures to fulfill the goal of the Buffalo Bills signing superfan Pancho Billa to a one-day contract. The petition, aimed with the intended audience of the Buffalo Bills Front Office, hopes the organization will recognize Ezra Castro, affectionately known as Pancho Billa, for his involvement within the Buffalo fan community.

 

The petition has been signed 6,290 times as of Sunday night. The goal for the petition is 7,500 signatures, which would be quite a feat for a movement that started only a couple of days ago.


Had the pleasure of getting to know Pancho at McFadden's and the many other Bills bars in Dallas starting in 2011. From what I know of him Im not so sure he would want to be signed to the team. He was very happy being one of us...a "fan" and prided himself in being the biggest Bills fan he could possibly be. I like the gesture but, again, don't think this is something he would have particularly wanted. With that said, prayers to him that he wakes up and can make that decision if they did offer it.

 

I would like to see his mask and uniform put on display somehere in New Era and future stadiums.

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1 hour ago, DaBillsFanSince1973 said:

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Petition looks for Bills to sign Pancho Billa to one-day contract

 

Sign Pancho Billa to a one day Contract

 

The Buffalo Bills have virtually finalized all of their major signings at this point in the offseason. However, a Bills fan has started a petition for the organization to offer at least one more contract.

 

A change.org petition is seeking signatures to fulfill the goal of the Buffalo Bills signing superfan Pancho Billa to a one-day contract. The petition, aimed with the intended audience of the Buffalo Bills Front Office, hopes the organization will recognize Ezra Castro, affectionately known as Pancho Billa, for his involvement within the Buffalo fan community.

 

The petition has been signed 6,290 times as of Sunday night. The goal for the petition is 7,500 signatures, which would be quite a feat for a movement that started only a couple of days ago.

 

Great guy, but sorry, not on board with this.  One day 'retirement' contracts are for players, not fans.

 

If the Bills want to honor him with a decal or moment of silence before the home opener (assuming he passes of course), that'd be great.

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2 hours ago, rodneykm said:

 

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) -- Buffalo Bills super fan Pancho Billa does not appear to be doing well.

Billa, whose real name is Ezra Castro, is battling cancer.

 

His lifelong companion, Veronica, shared a message with News 4, stating "It has become difficult for Ezra to breathe, so he has been on a constant medicine drip to keep him confortable. Pancho has been asleep, not moving, and non-responsive since this past Thursday."

 

She went on to thank the Bills Mafia for their continued support and love.

 

 

https://www.wivb.com/news/local-news/pancho-billa-s-partner-shares-health-update/1998735167?fbclid=IwAR3_aUTKOCRYfTwMaSQuzN8z03C71Aut6Rw3i1iHueLejqVzSFK_7B_kd04

 

 

 

 

Just read this on wivb's site directly. Cancer blows chunks and I hate it.

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53 minutes ago, KD in CA said:

 

Great guy, but sorry, not on board with this.  One day 'retirement' contracts are for players, not fans.

 

If the Bills want to honor him with a decal or moment of silence before the home opener (assuming he passes of course), that'd be great.

Yeah agreed. Love Pancho, but there are other ways to honor him. There are some people who want to put his name on the Wall and I think that’s taking it a little too far.

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29 minutes ago, CajunBillsBacker said:

Yeah agreed. Love Pancho, but there are other ways to honor him. There are some people who want to put his name on the Wall and I think that’s taking it a little too far.

 

I think they should have a Pancho decal of some sort and put it on the wall for a year right under the 12th Man.

 

He is no better than any of us fans. I’m sure he would say the same thing BUT he has become a symbol for us and it would be cool. The Bills recognize what this guy is all about and made him part if the Oliver selection.

 

Something for a year would be nice. Even if it’s a black ribbon above the 12th Man.

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4 minutes ago, Returntoglory said:

I think a patch in his honor on the Jerseys would be appropriate. 

 A Sombrero patch!

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1 hour ago, KD in CA said:

 

Great guy, but sorry, not on board with this.  One day 'retirement' contracts are for players, not fans.

 

If the Bills want to honor him with a decal or moment of silence before the home opener (assuming he passes of course), that'd be great.

 

Buffalo Bills brass doesn't agree with you:

 

 

 

Or teams around the league, for example: https://www.chargers.com/video/bolts-surprise-young-fan-with-one-day-contract-166476

 

 

 

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I think there is a difference from making a sick kid's day and allowing him to experience 'a day in the life'.

 

 

IMO, the Bills have done a great job honoring and bringing joy to pancho and his family.  If and when he leaves this earth, maybe the Bills can decide to honor him with a large photo/mural in the concourse or something along those lines.

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Ezra, you have fought the good fight, buddy.  You have proudly circled the wagons and our love shall always be with you.

 

You can rest now, brother. You've earned it.  We will pick up the flag.  God Bless you and, most importantly, God Bless your family.

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2 hours ago, CajunBillsBacker said:

Yeah agreed. Love Pancho, but there are other ways to honor him. There are some people who want to put his name on the Wall and I think that’s taking it a little too far.

 

I agree.  He is a guy all of us can admire but I don’t think even he would agree with this concept.  Some of his charm is that he is an every day guy like the rest of us.

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54 minutes ago, dollars 2 donuts said:

Ezra, you have fought the good fight, buddy.  You have proudly circled the wagons and our love shall always be with you.

 

You can rest now.  You've earned it.  We will pick up the flag.  God Bless you and, most importantly, God Bless your family.

I've heard of people experiencing miraculous recoveries. Pray that Pancho would be so blessed. He has touched pretty much all of us. God bless Ezra and his loved ones.

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51 minutes ago, x-BillzeBubba said:

take OJ down from the ring, replace with Pancho

let's not get carried away

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8 hours ago, cd1 said:

 A Sombrero patch!

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This would look awesome on my bills satin jacket. Def something you should look into making into patches and stickers.

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11 hours ago, cd1 said:

 A Sombrero patch!

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This is a shirt I would proudly wear. Make it happen!

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14 hours ago, buffaloaggie said:

I've heard of people experiencing miraculous recoveries. Pray that Pancho would be so blessed. He has touched pretty much all of us. God bless Ezra and his loved ones.

 

I hope and pray so, BA, but also there comes a time when even the family lets him know audibly it is OK.

 

...this isn’t fair.  I know life isn’t fair for any of us...but this just truly isn’t fair.  He should be here with his family, of course, but also with us as his beloved Bills turn things around this year.

 

😢

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I like the idea of a Pancho statue outside the stadium holding up one hand for a good luck high five as fans walk into the stadium.  Kinda like the ND Play Like a Champion Today sign that everyone touches on their way into the game.    He'd like that too, being in the crowd was his thing, not on the stage.

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