CANTON, Ohio — The threat of rain is not deterring Bills fans from being in a festive mood. Though, if you can sit through a December football game Ralph Wilson Stadium, then some summer drizzle in Ohio really should not be too much of a problem.
Bills fans are flooding into Fawcett Stadium right now to honor Bruce Smith and Ralph Wilson. And my early estimation is that the Bills are far outnumbering the Steelers fans here to see Rod Woodson, which could be considered a minor upset. But then again, the Steelers might be saving their celebrations for Super Bowl victory parades, and cannot make the extra trip to the Hall of Fame.
And for the record, Troy Polamalu jerseys are far outnumbering Woodson jerseys in the early going. In fact, I’ve only seen two Woodson jerseys so far.
Cowboys fans are here, too, for Bullet Bob Hayes as you would imagine. In fact, I was waiting in line with Lee Roy Jordan (I believe) for the Bronze Pre-Enshrinement Buffet. What’s weird is that I woke up today thinking that I would — at one point — be standing next to Lee Roy Jordan during the day. Strange, right?
Seemingly every Chiefs fan here — and there are many — are wearing Derrick Thomas jerseys. Take note, Steelers fans. And let that be a lesson for anybody going to the Hall of Fame. Wear the jersey of the guy you are there to see. This isn’t like wearing an Iron Maiden T-shirt to an Iron Maiden concert (don’t be that guy). Support the new Hall of Famer.
If you are wondering, what about the Vikings fans? I am, too.
Former Bills great Andre Reed also was at the buffet. Many, alright all, of the Bills fans here think Reed should be on stage with Wilson and Smith today. And there are so many Bills fans around, you would be wise to agree with them. At least until you are up safely in the press box.
— Adam Rank