WNY Hero Recognizes Bills Fans Who’ve Passed: Tell Me Something Good
In the 25-years since the Bills’ last AFC Championship game, the team has lost some fans along the way...but not due to a lack of interest.
Army Lt. Col. Patrick Miller, who according to a story aired on NEWS 4 (WIVB-TV) hails from Western New York originally, has come up with a way for those fans not to be forgotten while celebrating the team’s recent success.
“Just another way to bring Bills fans together and to symbolize just how big and important this really is to a lot of people.”
Miller posted on his Twitter account, asking fans to post a picture of someone they’ve lost, either at or watching a Bills game as a tribute to them. He showed a picture of his mom, a big Bills fan, who passed away from cancer in 2019.
“She loved the Bills so much. I’m an emotional guy anyways right? In 2017 when we broke the drought, that video but every Bill’s win has been that much more emotional since my mom passed away.”
Miller is known in Western New York and around the country as a hero for his valor during the Fort Hood shooting. Growing up in Allegany, he’s also a huge supporter of the Buffalo Bills.
“Like many of us, my love for the Bills started with my parents, specifically my mom. I was born into it right.”
Miller, as a result of his Twitter post, has received countless responses, with people posting pictures of their loved ones in Bills attire on Twitter.
“I choked up a few times. There was a gentleman who posted a picture of his baby daughter and the context was like this was her last Bills game. She never survived to watch another one. I’ve seen so many people who the last photo that was taken of them was tailgating or watching the game on tv.”
Miller is hoping this tribute brings the families of those lost, a cause for celebration.