Every year I go through the roller coaster of emotion just like each and every Bills fan. You know, hope, excitement, disappointment, anger, hope, severe disappointment, severe anger, despair, forgiveness, and hope for the future.
I've done it (like I'm sure you have) every year for at least the last 20 to 25 years. Let me tell you why I think THIS team is different:
To me, THIS team is special. For me, this year is different. I think it's because I became more engaged with the players and other fans through medium like Twitter and Buffalo Rumblings.
There's a lot to like on this team and it starts with the quality of the players. They don't do everything right on the field, in fact they (obviously) have done a lot wrong on the field. But the way they play...wow.
A few of my favorite examples:
#1 Fred Jackson - as it was revealed that he played a monster game today WITH BROKEN RIBS, that cements the #1 spot. Truthfully, he had a good lock on it before today. He easily could've gotten angry with all the preseason attention CJ got, but that's not Freddie.
#2 Aaron Williams - with BUST written all over this season before it started, Aaron Williams lost his starting CB spot. He has proven to be a GREAT team player, a good guy, and a damn good safety. Williams is another reason to LOVE this team
#3 Marquis Goodwin - It's hard not to like this kid with the huge smile and blazing speed. Goodwin has been a great surprise and he's an honest to goodness superstar-in-the-making, in my opinion.
CJ Spiller - has handled terrible breaks this year with class
Jarius Byrd - I know many don't like him but once he got on the field, he plays as hard as anyone
Kyle Williams - he deserves to win, a la Phil Hansen
Manny Lawson - a beast who flies under the radar
EJ Manuel - has handled the pressure of being #1 well
Kiko Alonso - personality seems understated, and that's ok. He plays HARD every down.
Mario Williams & Marcel Dareus - great bounce back season
I feel like I could list about the whole team...I actually hate to see this season end. Here's to hoping we can keep as many of them together as we can...who's your favorites on this team and why?