Mafia Monday Interview with @BillsFan99

Welcome to Week 14’s Mafia Monday. This week we “sit down” with a pioneer of Breyon’s #SchefterBreakingNews hashtag and someone who was (proudly) blocked by Adam Schefter on Twitter back in November 2010, @BillsFan99. A junior at St. Francis High School, @BillsFan99 is one of the younger members of the movement but he brings a fire and passion that is especially admirable, since he wasn’t even really “around” for the glory days of the early 90’s.

Mafia Monday is an interactive element where members of the community can get to know each other and build unity by becoming transparent.

How long have you been a Bills Fan, and what’s your earliest Bills memory?
Well I’ve been a Bills fan my whole life but didn’t get into to the level I am now (obsessed) until about 13. And one of my earliest Bills memories is watching Eric Moulds… and for some reason I really did not like Drew Bledsoe at all, lol.

What is your favorite Bills memory?
My favorite memory is just how excited everyone in the stadium gets during the games. It’s a great atmosphere.

What was the first Bills game you attended? Most memorable?
The first game I remember is a Jets game and we won and I remember I heard people chanting J-E-T-S SUCK SUCK SUCK and I had to ask my dad what suck meant, lol.

@BillsFan99
@BillsFan99

Do you own any Bills jerseys, and if so what ones?
I own many Bills jerseys, of the new jerseys I have Marcell Dareus. I have many more of the 2000s jerseys: Moulds, Lynch, Spiller, McGahee, Evans, Edwards, Jackson, and Stevie. I pretty much have asked for a jersey every birthday and Christmas.

Favorite current Bill?
Fred Jackson: one of the most well-rounded players I have ever seen.

Favorite former Bill?
Although I never got to see him play, Jim Kelly.

What is your favorite team to watch lose to the Bills?
I always get a very large smile after the Patriots lose.

Best tailgate food?
Got to go with the classic, chicken wings.

Other sports you enjoy following? If so, favorite teams?
I’m mainly a football guy but occasionally will watch the Sabres.

Lastly, what does “Bills Mafia” mean to you?
To me, Bills Mafia is something to bring all Bills fans together. In something different than other teams, it symbolizes the unique loyalty and commitment it takes to be a true Bills fan. Like the mafia, loyalty is everything it’s just one big family and I love it.

Thanks, @BillsFan99!

About Del Reid

Del Reid became a Bills fan shortly after coming into this world, having been raised in a home that actually had a framed picture of OJ Simpson on the wall in the living room (until it came down in 1994). Del has always had a passion for bringing people together to celebrate things they share in common. As a result, he (quite accidentally) ended up co-founding the #BillsMafia movement among Bills fans in social media -- which to this point is the coolest thing that has ever happened to him aside from his relationship with God, his wife, and his two awesome kids. Follow him on Twitter at @mrdeadlier.