Linebacker Takeo Spikes may have only spent three seasons in Buffalo, but they were three legendary seasons. A two-time Pro Bowler, Spikes’ 2004 season remains the stuff of myth when he was a first team All-Pro on the back of 98 tackles, 3.0 sacks, 5 interceptions and 4 forced fumbles.
The man was an absolutely wrecking ball, and he needed a wrecking ball to even see the game on Sunday.
Spikes returned to Orchard Park as the hype man for the game vs. the Raiders, before taking his seat in a suite that had a totally obscured view because of the balcony. Sure, there’s a school of thought that this is a a minor annoyance in a 50-year-old stadium, but the Bills have a pretty bad track record of treating their former legends poorly.
Not a new phenomenon, unfortunately. Heavyweight Bills alumni have complained to me in past about treatment when they return.
HOFer told me he was appalled where Marv Levy was seated at last yr opener, in general area w/fans who were nice but too overwhelming for 91-year-old man https://t.co/i1XuyZlJrM
— Tim Graham (@ByTimGraham) September 17, 2023
A new publicly-funded stadium is in the works, and if there’s anything that needs to be added it better be a way to honor the game’s legends better. Forget the view for a second, the man is clearly sitting in an uncomfortable restaurant chair at a Walmart table.
C’mon Bills, do better.