If you’ve been participating in Bills talk on Twitter for any length of time, chances are @DontXtheMsMoats has shown up on your timeline more than once. An active tweeter and participant in the #BillsMafia movement, Christian brings a different perspective to the conversation in that she is the sister (and manager) of Bills second-year linebacker, Arthur Moats. Christian was kind enough to take the time to answer a few questions from Leslie this week.
How long have you been a football fan? Would you say you grew up in a “football family?”
I have been a football fan since the age of 7 when my brother began playing flag football. Growing up we were definitely a “football family” as our mother was a diehard Cowboys fan and our father was a diehard Redskins fan. Go figure, right! Our Sundays were very lively.
Clearly, you’re a Bills fan. Are you, or have you ever been a fan of any other teams?
Yes ma’am I love my Bills but I initially was a Rams fan from 1998 when Marshall Faulk was there until about 2003. Even though I didn’t have a favorite team, I was still a diehard football fan. But in 2007 I decided to find a new team, one that I could say hey thats my team, know the players and have a true connection to…so I “courted” the San Diego Chargers, Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens. After about 4 games, I feel in love with the Steeler’s defense for one of their main players, James Harrison, reminded me of my brother and his style of playing.
What was it like watching your brother get drafted by the Buffalo Bills?
Watching my brother getting drafted was one of the most emotional events for me. I remember being so excited that he had made it this point in his career. The first day of the draft I wasn’t really nervous but on day two, after the fourth round had ended, I was literally sick because my brother, my Ace who worked so hard hadn’t been drafted and but when he got that call from Buffalo, we saw his name on the screen “pick 178 Buffalo Bills Arthur Moats” all I could do was cry in awe and excitement for him.
Aside from Arthur being drafted, what is your favorite football related memory? Do you have a gameday experience you’d like to share?
My favorite football related memory is when I got the call that my brother had sacked Brett Farve on national television. I was leaving church, rushing to get to the sports bar to watch the game and as soon as I got in the car, my phone rang and the person on the phone was yelling “he sacked him, he sacked Brett Farve!!” I was in such amazement that my little big brother had just done something so huge and exciting.
My favorite gameday experience was at the Bills vs Redskins preseason game and seeing my younger brother on the field for the first time as a NFL player.
You are not a typical fan in that you are both a sibling and manager of a player. Do you think your gameday experience is different as a result?
Oh yes my gameday experience is so different than most. It’s funny, I have so much going on in my mind as the game is being played. First off, because I love football I’m already locked in from the snap for the kickoff. Second, as a manager, I’m constantly looking to see where my brother is; thinking what is my brother going to do today that will make him stand out even more; wondering why my brother isn’t in at a certain position that he would be more beneficial to our defensive strategies; thinking why the coach won’t put my brother in and allow him to make plays; and lastly praying that my brother doesn’t get injured in the game.
You often tweet about “building a brand.” What can you tell us about that?
“Building a brand” started out as a simple play on words between my Ace (my brother) and I. Now it is the motto of my emerging management business. “Building a brand” means at the end of the day when it’s all said and done, we want to be a household name, something people remember. There’s a lot of players out there but I want people to remember the intellect, the images, the slogan and the experiences they had while Arthur Moats was around.
What does “Bills Mafia” mean to you?
When I think of “Bills Mafia” I think of the Godfather movie when Don Corleone says “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse”. The Bills have so much talent and nowhere but up to go. So for all the new and old fans especially the loyal ones, the Bills are giving us an offer we can’t refuse…
Thank you all for this opportunity. I definitely feel honored to be interviewed by Bills Mafia! Unfortunately I will not be in attendance at Sunday’s game after all, as we had a conflict of schedules. Once again thank you and I hope to meet you soon.