While everyone is caught up in the whole #RoyalWeddding thing, the only Harry I’m thinking about is @horribleharry66 & the terror he’s going to inflict on the #NFL. #BillsMafia @buffalobills pic.twitter.com/NNKoup6b6x
— Lord Kevin Connors (@kevconnorsespn) May 19, 2018
Bingo, Lord Kevin nails it again.
As those of you who persevered reading my drivel over the last couple of decades already know, this old Bills fan has always been enamored by the big guys up front. While skill players seem to get the majority of attention, I’m watching the grind, listening to the grunts and relishing everything down and dirty.
So when Dean Kindig (@TCBILLS_Astro) suggested we should take a look defensive tackle Harrison Phillips in preparation for the draft, it was love at first sight for me. Stanford graduate, humanitarian, lights-out defensive tackle with an edgy personality. I haven’t been this excited about a draft pick in ages.
In fact, just the thought of Mr. Phillips being drafted by another team tugged at my heart strings until the Bills put me out of my misery and drafted him. If ever there were a player and family who defined what it means to be the face of “Buffalo”, it’s this player and this family.
‘Horrible Harry’ was destined to achieve his success on the lee shores of Lake Erie. He exemplifies everything to love about Buffalo and Western New York.
This Harry was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He’s a proud Nebraskan, born and raised in the “flyover” state so he should fit right into Buffalo, a place dubbed the “armpit of the east” since the 1970s.
Though gone to live in the outpost of Wyoming for several decades, we native Western New Yorkers rarely take our hearts with us when we leave. Growing up in Nebraska seems like a similar experience.
Furthermore, everything Phillips accomplished to date has been through unrelenting devotion to his craft – and blowing up anyone in his way. He’s a hard-driving erudite man with a heart as soft as a sponge when he’s off the gridiron.
When queried recently about whether or not he would be able to keep up with his humanitarian work (majored in Science, Tech. and Society, Sociology) in addition to playing in the NFL, he quickly responded he’d be perfectly capable of staying involved with the use of FaceTime and other technology. Another win for the Internet and our plugged-in world.
However, what really struck me about this fit for destiny between Buffalo and the Phillips family is how perfectly they fit with the community of Western New Yorkers.
We’re used to working hard. We care about each other and our community. It doesn’t take much time to see how Harrison Phillips was raised and the wonderful people who surrounded him throughout his life. The Phillips family represents a great role model for our representing our region.
It’s no accident ‘Horrible Harry’ ended up in Buffalo. It’s a perfect fit for the defense and for the FAMbase as a whole. We’re better as a community when men like Kyle Williams and Fred Jackson represent our beloved Bills.
Mr. Phillips and his family will have every opportunity to do the same for the next generation of players wearing the charging Buffalo.
How many days before the season opener?
Editor’s babble: My heart be still, between the Bills drafting Harrison Phillips and signing Trent Murphy, I can’t think of a better DL since the Super Bowl years. The Bills may not have as great a legacy on offense, but there’s been some incredible defensive lines over the years. This one has the potential to be every bit as good. Bring it on.
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