Sunday, December 30, 2007
Well, this is it...
It's 1 p.m. E.S.T. - start time for the Bills-Eagles game. It's the last game of this really long and trying football season. I can't say I'm sorry to see it end. Having to overcome the emotional blow of Kevin Everett's early season career-ending injury to not seeing Ryan suited up the latter part of the year has certainly taken it's toll. It makes Ryan's final days as part of the Buffalo Bills family bittersweet to say the least.
Ryan's been incredibly blessed. After struggling tremendously to stick with a team his first couple of years in the leauge and then sitting out two seasons, Ryan has overcome unbelievable odds to have come this far. We've seen players come and go, survived three coaching staff changes, etc. We still have to pinch ourselves occasionally when we think about how long we've been with one team. Ryan doesn't take a day of it for granted either - he's been incredibly grateful for the opportunities afforded him here.
We hate that things ended the way they did - it would've been awesome for Ryan to be out on that field today with the guys he's come to know and love as brothers - they are family. I guess it just wasn't meant to be. I know it'll really hit Ryan tomorrow - he has to go in and meet with his coach, clean out his locker for the last time and say his goodbyes. Everything is just so, well, final. He'll feel it driving away from One Bills Drive tomorrow - no doubt.
We're hopeful of what the future holds. There are 31 other NFL teams out there who might be interested in a versatile tight end/fullback/special teams ace. This offseason will undoubtedly be a little stressful with all of the unknowns, but we're confident that God has a plan for us, and that another door will open. Change can be good, and we look forward to the challenges ahead.
So let's go Buffalo!!!!
(ok, seriously, I'm on my way to go take a nap...)