Buffalo Bills fans in New York rallied on Saturday to drive out the players, amid ain an effort to get them to the airport in time to travel to Detroit for their game on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.
More than six feet of snow has fallen in some areas since the storm that ravaged the region since Thursday. The suburb of Orchard Park, home to the Bills, had reported 77 inches of snow as of early Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. At least three deaths have been attributed to the storm.
Ahead of its arrival, the NFL announced Thursday that it is moving— originally expected to take place “out of an abundance of caution” at Detroit’s Ford Field at Orchard Park’s Highmark Stadium.
Photos and videos posted on social media showed the “Bills Mafia” — the nickname given to the team’s loyal fans — clutching their shovels and getting to work Saturday.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Bill tight end dawson knox he said in a video shared on Twitter, which showed him surrounded by his neighbors as he made his way outside his home for them.
In a video posted to Instagram, Bills backup quarterback Case Keenum gave a “huge shoutout” to neighbors who used snowblowers to clear their driveway.
bill fullback Reggie Gilliam Posted a photo of his neighbors with the caption, “Mafia, you never fail to amaze me!”
Neighbors also used their snowblowers to help clear the driveway of Bills’ offensive tackle Spencer Brown.
“City of good neighbors,” Brown wrote in a video posted to Instagram.
Kickoff for Sunday’s game is set for 1 p.m. Eastern.