BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — During his hall of fame career, Andre Reed left everything on the field. And 20 years into retirement, his heart is still in Buffalo.
That's why Reed, who now lives in California, will return to Buffalo this weekend to give one lucky Bills fan a game day experience like no other.
"We'll get in a limo. We'll got to 500 Pearl Street and we'll watch the game this Sunday against the Rams, and obviously this is being done because of COVID protocol and restrictions. So since the fans can't be at the game, I'm coming to you!" Reed told 7 Eyewitness News. "And I'm going to bring a couple surprise guests with me. I'm not going to tell you who, so we are excited. And I am excited about this. I'm excited to be back in Buffalo."
The winner can bring along four guests to enjoy five large pizzas and 40 wings from Macy's Place Pizzeria, a 48-pack of Let's Go Pils Beer from Community Beer Works, a $700 Epson Projector, and a family set of 10 Buffalo football shirts from 26 Shirts. The prize package also includes a football, poster and Reed jersey - all autographed by Jim Kelly's favorite target during the Super Bowl years.
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While fans do not need to make a donation to enter, every dollar donated will support Reed's ongoing commitment to supporting children in Buffalo and across the country through The Andre Reed Foundation. The foundation, started by Reed in 2010, is hoping to raise $6,000 to build a new reading room in the Buffalo area to encourage youth literacy.
"I was taught at a young age it's not what you have, it's what you give back. And that's been embedded in me my whole life," said Reed, who is am ambassador for the Boys and Girls Club, one of the charities his foundation supports.
The winner will be chosen on Friday, and Reed says he's confident the people of Western New York will help his foundation reach its goal.
"The people there not only love their football team, they are very community minded and always trying to improve their community," he said.
Reed says there's a major buzz around this year's team that you can feel through the phone, and he can't wait to experience that first hand this weekend.
"Bills Mafia. What can you say about what they do. They're the craziest fans in football. They're the craziest fans probably in sports!" Reed said. "So, don't stop doing what you guys are doing. Your passion, it comes out and I'm sure the team realizes. Every time you talk to some of the players, Bills Mafia is involved in that."