Two of the most memorable Bills alumni and active members of the Western New York community weighed in on the ownership decision reached yesterday regarding the sale of the Buffalo Bills to the Pegula family. Both Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas expressed their excitement over the decision and the Pegulas’ commitment to keep the team in Buffalo.
“I am so happy to hear that the Pegulas will be the new owners of the Buffalo Bills,” said Kelly in a statement. “It’s an exciting day for Western New York. As I’ve said for many years, my first and foremost concern has been ensuring that, when the time came, the team would stay in Buffalo. Terry and Kim Pegula have done a lot for our community; their commitment to Buffalo and Western New York is second to none.”
“It’s really nice to have somebody like the Pegulas – who have an interest in the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres and the City of Buffalo – to step up and purchase the team,” said Thomas on the John Murphy Show.
Thomas was in New York City at Joe Namath’s golf tournament when he heard the news.
“After I was finished golfing, a guy came up to me and hugged me and said, ‘Whenever you see the Pegulas, give them a hug for me.’ He was a Buffalo Bills fan and the guy wanted to cry. It was a really emotional 30 seconds that we had.”
Both Kelly and Thomas plan to be at this Sunday’s home opener against the Miami Dolphins.
“This Sunday means something not only for the team but for the city too,” said Thomas.
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