Local Bills Fan Is One of Ten Finalists for ESPN's Inaugural Hall of Fans

August 22, 2012 Updated Aug 22, 2012 at 11:52 AM EDT

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Local Bills Fan Is One of Ten Finalists for ESPN's Inaugural Hall of Fans

August 22, 2012 Updated Aug 22, 2012 at 11:52 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW/Release) - ESPN and StubHub have announced that ten fans have been named finalists for possible induction into the Hall of Fans. These ten fans come from across the continent, and as finalists offer compelling, and inspiring stories of extraordinary fandom.

Bart Upchurch has been announced as one of the ten finalists to possibly be inducted into the Hall of Fans. Upchurch grew up in North Carolina, and since he was young, has been a long time Buffalo Bills fan.

Bart's real story begins in 2007. While he was living in North Carolina, he was involved in a drunk driving accident that left him severely injured, and in a coma. After a month he woke up from his coma, but to some trouble. Due to the severe brain trauma he had suffered, he had awoke with a mild case of memory loss.

While in the hospital, Bart recognized the Bills logo that his brother had been wearing and everything that was lost to his memory, started coming back.

"Go Bills 25 hours a days, 8 days a week." Upchurch said.

The doctors told Bart's family to bring him Bills memorabilia to help trigger his memory.

"The Buffalo Bills literally brought me back to life." Bart said.

Bart has since moved to Buffalo to start over and be around the team that helped him get through his challenging ordeal.

"I got my life back on track and I'm happy again."

Beginning August 21st, the finalists will campaign via social media platforms to become one of three inaugural inductees into the newly created institution.

The three fans with the most votes on Friday, August 31st will be inducted into the Hall of Fans during a September ceremony on ESPN's Bristol, Conn-based campus.

To vote for Bart U, fans should visit TheHallofFans.com, type in your email and click vote.

The finalists represent a variety of sports and regions. Whether recovering from a serious car accident, selling custom hats for charity, building a state-of-the-art mancave or bringing football to hospitalized veterans, sports fans are well represented among the finalists.

The costumes, the chants, the consecutive game streaks and all of the stories shared by these ten finalists represent the spirit of the Hall of Fans, an institution created between ESPN and StubHub to honor and celebrate the best in sports fandom.

The Finalists include:
Bart – Buffalo Bills
Larry – Baltimore Ravens
Septer – Golden State Warriors
Shelby – Dallas Cowboys
Darrell – Los Angeles Clippers
Brent – Philadelphia Eagles
Justin – Indiana Hoosiers
Emily – Alabama Crimson Tide
Sully – Vancouver Canucks
Kenneth – Wisconsin Badgers