Buffalo Bills Fans Demonstrate Dedication to Team and Community

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Buffalo Bills Fans Demonstrate Dedication to Team and Community

The "Bills Mafia" fan base is known for their passionate support of the team, and they have once again demonstrated their dedication by rallying around safety Damar Hamlin after he suffered cardiac arrest during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night.

The organization and community are currently waiting for updates on Hamlin's condition, as medical professionals were able to restore his heartbeat on the field. “The first thing is, I’m hurting for the young man and his family,” Alexander Lorenzo said by phone Tuesday morning.

“Anytime you step on the field as a football player, you know you’re putting yourself on the line, though you never think about those things [the threat of serious injury] happening. What happened last night brings back a sobering reality of just how violent our game is.

“But the other thing I think about is Buffalo, because it’s more than just about football with the fans there. There’s kind of this slogan in Buffalo – “Football and Family” – and it’s like a real living, breathing thing in Buffalo.

There’s really this bond with the community and the team. A lot of teams have great fan bases that really come out to support their teams. But in Buffalo, it’s more than that. It’s different than any organization I’ve been a part of.

And if a player is hurting, the Buffalo community is, too”.

Fans Lending a Helping Hand

“You see the pictures on TV of fans helping players dig out of the snow to get to the stadium or to get home, and that’s real,” Alexander said.

“I’ve had fans help me in that situation. They just come out to help, but that’s only part of it. There are many teams with fans outside of their home cities. It is common for NFL fans to gather on television on game days in order to watch their favorite teams compete.

“I live in Phoenix now, and there are a significant number of people from Buffalo here who still go as hard for the Bills,” Lorenzo said.