Pegula’s introduced to Bills fans prior to game vs. Patriots
The second owners in Buffalo Bills history were introduced to a rousing ovation at Ralph Wilson Stadium, as the family of Terry and Kim Pegula walked to midfield for a pregame ceremony.
ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman introduced the Pegula family with a video themed on “One Buffalo,” a slogan that references the family’s ownership of the Bills and Buffalo Sabres.
The Pegulas were joined by three daughters, a son and their dog, Sidney, the four-legger running wild onto the field. Named after NHL All-Star Sidney Crosby, Sidney is a fixture around the Sabres.
The family wore matching No. 1 blue home Bills jerseys, with Terry Pegula sporting blue sneakers.
After a loud ovation and “Terry! Terry!” chants, Terry Pegula greeted the crowd.
“That’s enough,” he said. “We got a game today. There aren’t too many times in life where I’m happy with being second in anything, but to follow Ralph Wilson. I’ll accept that.”
The players were the introduced and gave game balls to each of the Pegulas, with the crowd holding up “One Buffalo” placards in a stadium display.
Finally, Buffalo native and Goo Goo Dolls singer Johnny Rzeznik sang the national anthem, and the Bills and Patriots got to business.
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Bills DT Dareus named AFC Defensive Player of the Week
Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus has been named the AFC’s Defensive Player of the Week.
Dareus recorded a career-high three sacks and forced a fumble in the Bills’ 17-14 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday. He also added five tackles on the day and anchored a defensive effort that held Detroit to 69 rushing yards, a nine percent third down conversion percentage and zero points in the second half.
This is Dareus’ first player of the week award. Dareus is the first Bills defender to win defensive player of the week since Mario Williams in Week 7 last season.
NFL owners approve sale of Bills to Pegula family
NFL owners unanimously approved the sale of the Buffalo Bills to Terry and Kim Pegula on Wednesday, NFL Network reports.
The Pegulas, who already own the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, expect the $1.4 billion sale to be finalized by the end of the week.
Several other groups were interested in buying the team after longtime Bills owner Ralph Wilson died in March, prompted the sale.
Bills fans were concerned the team would be moved out of state if purchased by another group. But the Pegulas – who currently own the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres – are committed to keeping the Bills in the Buffalo area.
Kim Pegula is expected to have a high-ranking role with the Bills, working alongside current team president Russ Brandon.
Terry Pegula has a net worth valued of over $4.6 billion, and made his fortune in the natural gas industry. In 2010, he completed a deal to sell a large portion of his company East Resources’ assets for $4.7 billion to Royal Dutch Shell.
Pegula is from Carbondale, Pennsylvania, graduated from Penn State, and established his company in 1983 after receiving a $7,500 loan from his family and friends.
The Bills were last valued by Forbes at $935 million, but their price was well above other recent sales. The Cleveland Browns were sold for close to $1.05 billion two years ago, and the Miami Dolphins sold for an NFL-record $1.1 billion in 2009. Their deal also included their stadium.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman recently praised the Pegulas for their work with the Sabres.
“Terry and Kim Pegula have been terrific owners. They’re passionate about sports, they’re committed to Western New York. And if you had to computer-generate new ownership for the Bills, you wouldn’t do any better than the Pegulas,” Bettman said.
“They’ve invested in the community. They’re building a major complex across the street from the arena, harbor-side. They have devoted themselves, their energy, their resources, and haven’t held back at all. They’re all in. If you’re a fan of either the Sabres or the Bills, you’re going to feel good about that.”
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9-29-2014 — Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone announced today that QB EJ Manuel (3) will be benched and Kyle Orton (18) will get the start for their Week 5 game against the Detroit Lions.
Marrone decided to pull the plug after two straight losses which included yesterday’s loss to the Houston Texans. In that game, Manuel threw two interceptions, including a pick 6 to Texans DE J Watt. In four starts, Manuel has completed 58 percent of his passes with five touchdowns, three interceptions and a passer rating of 80.3. The Bills are 2-2. Marrone did not comment on a long-term commitment to either quarterback.
Great moment. Mrs. Wilson addresses the whole team on picture day. #RCW
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