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Bills Mafia makes a lasting impression on one Steelers fan and her children

Some gave all of us a good name

AFC Wildcard Playoffs - Pittsburgh Steelers v Buffalo Bills Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images

Home football fans can be a difficult bunch to handle for supporters of the visiting team. There are countless stories throughout the year of some fan making the trek to see their favorite team play outside their home stadium and being received in a not-so-welcome manner by the individuals who know every nook and cranny of the stadium.

It is of note, then, when a Pittsburgh Steelers fan named Beth Pellegrino took to Facebook to share her experience with Bills Mafia after taking her sons to the Wild Card playoff game between the Buffalo Bills and Steelers. Their visit to Highmark Stadium will be a memory they never forget, and for all the right reasons due to some incredible Bills fans.

Twitter user @Joanna_716_ brought the story to our attention on social media:

She wrote:

Dear Buffalo Bills Fans,

First and foremost, I have to say, you Bills fans are absolutely crazy! From the moment we stepped into the stadium, the energy and passion were intense. It was more than just a football game; it was an experience that allowed my boys and me to build lasting memories. Just like in any of those types of games, you’ll have some fans that take it too far, throw things (like snowballs), heckle fans, or whatever, but there were also several that made our experience one to remember.

The pictures didn’t show that the snow packed into ice on the walkways and the stairs to our seats essentially because an icy ramp. Even with us as opposing fans, the Bills fans in the aisle seats pulled my boys up, making sure they didn’t take a fall. Then the chanting of “Go, mamma, go!” started as they watched me trying to keep up with them.

Fans talked to my kids about the importance of supporting their teams, win or lose, and to be grateful that their mom took them into the trenches to watch their team. I got a lot of “kudos to you mom” fist bumps.

Special thanks to the two guys who essentially became human plows, ensuring we had a clear path to walk out of the stadium without getting pushing around in the crowd, especially on those icy stairs. Your kindness and consideration did not go unnoticed, making a world of difference for me in getting out of there safely. The moment we made eye contact and you said “We got you,” I knew I was in good hands.

And to those fans who made sure we got back to our car safely before heading to their own, thank you. We had crossed paths earlier before heading into the stadium, but I’m sure you saw the boys being tired and looked out for us.

As visitors and fans of the opposing team, we expected some teasing, but your actions demonstrated the true spirit of sportsmanship. As a mom, it allowed me to enjoy an incredible experience with my sons without any worries.

In the end, football is more than just a game; it’s about the shared moments, the camaraderie, and the memories created together. That’s what we got yesterday, even with a painful loss.


A Steeler Fan Mom

In many instances, fans will come back from a journey to an opposing teams’ stadium with harrowing tales and a little bit more bitterness towards the team as a result of the actions of the individuals encountered. But this time, fans of the Buffalo Bills made a positive impression on a woman and her two sons and likely cemented themselves to those people as human beings first and rabid supporters of a football team second.

...and that’s the way the cookie crumbles. I’m Bruce Nolan with Buffalo Rumblings. You can find me on Twitter and Instagram @BruceExclusive and look for new episodes of “The Bruce Exclusive” every Thursday on the Buffalo Rumblings podcast network!