BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) — During his Hall of Fame career, Andre Reed left it all on the court. And after 20 years of retirement, his heart is still in Buffalo.
That’s why Reed, who now lives in California, will return to Buffalo this weekend to give one lucky Bills fan a game-day experience like no other.
“We’ll get in a limo. We’ll go to 500 Pearl Street and we’ll watch this Sunday’s game against the Rams, and obviously that’s being done because of COVID protocol and restrictions. So since the fans can’t be at the game , I come to you !” Reed told 7 Eyewitness News. “And I’m going to bring a few surprise guests with me. I’m not going to tell you who, so we’re excited. And I’m excited about that. I’m excited to be back in Buffalo.”
The winner can bring four guests to enjoy five large pizzas and 40 wings from Macy’s Place Pizzeria, a pack of 48 Let’s Go Pils from Community Beer Works, a $700 Epson projector and a family set of 10 Buffalo football jerseys of 26. Shirts. The prize also includes a Reed football, poster and jersey – all autographed by Jim Kelly’s favorite target during the Super Bowl years.
While the fans don’t need donate to enterevery dollar donated will support Reed’s ongoing commitment to supporting children in Buffalo and across the country through The André Reed Foundation. The foundation, started by Reed in 2010, hopes to raise $6,000 to build a new reading room in the Buffalo area to encourage youth literacy.
“I learned at a young age that it’s not what you get, it’s what you give back. And that’s been ingrained in me all my life,” said Reed, who is an ambassador for the Boys and Girls Club, one of the charities its foundation supports.
The winner will be chosen on Friday, and Reed says he’s confident the people of Western New York will help his foundation achieve its goal.
“People there not only love their football team, they are very community minded and always try to improve their community,” he said.
Reed says there’s a major buzz around this year’s squad that you can feel on the phone, and he’s looking forward to experiencing it this weekend.
“Bills Mafia. What can you say they do. They are the craziest fans in football. They are probably the craziest fans in the sport!” said Reed. “So don’t stop doing what you’re doing. Your passion comes through and I’m sure the team realizes that. Every time you talk to some of the players, Bills Mafia is involved in that.”