The NFL made a move that’s been tried before. With the league undergoing it’s second consecutive year of salary cap casualties, they decided to re-sign 35-year old Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes for $6 million this past week. The signing came as a surprise to many who considered the crop of free agents more talented than what was available on the market at such low rates
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The Buffalo Bills are the first club in NFL history to lose four consecutive Super Bowls. But it doesn’t rule out the possibility of a larger power acting against them. Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Mark Rypien, and Scott Norwood were responsible for the defeats. Isn’t that divine intervention?
Fans may be wondering after free agency cornerback Levi Wallace recently said that God sent him a message that he should leave the Buffalo Bills.
Wide Right, The Music City Miracle, and now 13-Seconds have all come before it. And Wallace isn’t the first Buffalo Bills player to publicly blame God for the team’s misfortunes!
It needs to pique your interest.
God, according to Levi Wallace, sent him a sign to leave Buffalo.
Levi Wallace and Stevie Johnson (from left to right) | Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images; Karl Walter/Getty Images
Whether or not God is involved in the Buffalo Bills’ ups and downs, one thing is certain: the Bills have one of the best rosters in the NFL coming into the 2022 season. CB is the only key area of vulnerability.
Tre’Davious White, an All-Pro cornerback, suffered a major knee injury on Thanksgiving, and his prognosis for 2022 is questionable. The other two CBs under contract are Tarek Johnson and Dane Jackson, but that’s not enough to cover all of the WR talent in the crowded AFC.
Levi Wallace was a free agent in the offseason of 2022. And re-signing him would very certainly have benefited the Bills. God, on the other hand, had different ideas.
Wallace recently spoke about his experience as a free agent on The Wildcast podcast, telling host Justin Spears:
To be honest, I couldn’t decide whether to remain with Buffalo or go to Pittsburgh. Finally, when my agent contacted and said, ‘You should consider about moving to Pittsburgh,’ I agreed. ‘OK, I’ll call you back, while I pray about this,’ I replied. ‘Lord, if you want me to travel to Pittsburgh, let me know, give me a sign,’ I pleaded. “I was just sitting there, thinking, and I glanced down, and dude, I was wearing black and gold shorts,” Wallace said. “I was like, ‘Do you know what?’” says the narrator. There you have it. There’s a notice on the wall. I’m sure the Lord wants me to travel to Pittsburgh. And I just phoned my agent back and said, “Let’s go, let’s do it.”
God’s influence in Levi Wallace’s leadership of the Buffalo Bills
And then, seemingly out of nowhere, God instructed a major free agent to leave Buffalo and go with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Worse still, this isn’t the first time a Bills player has attributed God with being intimately engaged in a circumstance that hasn’t gone well for the Western New York team. Ironically, the Steelers were also engaged in that episode.
The fumbled touchdown by Stevie Johnson
In Week 12 of 2010, the 2-8 Buffalo Bills faced the 7-3 Pittsburgh Steelers, who were in the middle of a 4-12 season. That day at Orchard Park, Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Bills performed shockingly well, forcing their playoff-bound opponent into overtime.
Fitzpatrick threw a long pass to a wide-open Stevie Johnson on a 1st-and-10 from the Pittsburgh 40-yard line in overtime. The ball slipped through Johnson’s typically sure hands, and the game was ended following a handoff, a sack, a punt, and a 52-yard Steelers field goal drive.
Following the game, Johnson resorted to Twitter, a relatively new form of social media, to air his grievances, writing:
I PRAISE YOU ALL THE TIME!!!!!! AND THIS IS HOW YOU TAKE CARE OF ME!!!!! DO YOU EXPECT ME TO LEARN SOMETHING FROM THIS? HOW???!!! THIS IS SOMETHING I WILL NEVER FORGET!! EVER!!! MANY MANY MANY MANY MANY MANY
After a dropped touchdown throw, Stevie Johnson tweeted at God.
It was a moment that will live in infamy in Bills history, and it was very likely the best tweet ever in the platform’s early days.
Johnson’s ludicrous tweet did, however, have some positive results. The hashtag #BillsMafia was formed as a result of the article, and the team’s support base took on an extraordinary new identity that has stuck with them to this day.
Despite what Wallace and Johnson may claim, it’s possible that God may, in fact, adore the Buffalo Bills. All we need now is a Super Bowl victory in 2022 to prove it.
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