Jan 27, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; General view of Lombardi Trophy at University of Phoenix Stadium in advance of Super Bowl XLIX between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Even if you team is not participating in the Super Bowl, 30 of them are sitting watching it just as you are, it is still interesting to see what types of connections you or your team/city has with the Big Game. Buffalo is in that situation this year, as they have not had a Super Bowl appearance in 22 years, since 1993, and they haven’t even made the playoffs in 15 years.
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But even though the Buffalo Bills will not be in the Super Bowl this year, there are a couple of connections to the city of Buffalo, that will be present in the big game in some way or another and there is actually 1 connection related to the Buffalo Bills as well.
Our first Buffalo connection is Rob Gronkowski. Gronkowski is a native to Buffalo, actually he grew up and played high school ball up in Williamsville. This will be his 2nd appearance in the Super Bowl and he will be looking for his first win. Gronkowski was close ot becoming a Buffalo Bill, as New England had drafted him the spot after the Buffalo Bills took DT Terrell Troupe.
The second connection to the Buffalo Bills, and the only one actually connected to the team and not the city, is Marshawn Lynch. Lynch was drafted by the Buffalo Bills 2007 and was later traded to the Seahawks in 2010 for a couple of draft picks. While with Buffalo, Lynch was able to rack up 2765 yards on the ground on 687 attempts.
The third connection that Buffalo has with the Super Bowl is some apparel. The New Era hat company, which is based right here in Buffalo, is the official hat sponsor for the NFL and has local designers that have designed all of the commemorative Super Bowl caps. Which one is your favorite?
The final Buffalo connection to the Super Bowl is food related. The Chicken Wing. Made famous, by accident, at the Anchor Bar, the chicken wing, or as the rest of the country calls it, “Buffalo wings” or “Buffalo-Style wings” will be served up around the country.
"According to the National Chicken Council, Americans will consume 1.25 billion portions of wings during the weekend of the big game.In fact, if you run an internet search for “Buffalo Super Bowl,” many of the top results are for recipes, not anything having to do with the Bills four appearances in the 1990s.– WIVB.com"