HOUSTON, TX (WKBW) — Optimism and hopes for the team's first playoff win in more than two decades. Bills Mafia invaded Houston for Wild Card weekend ahead of the team's game on Saturday against the Texans.
Bills fans are known for traveling well and that rang true this weekend. QB Josh Allen's parents, Joel and LaVonne, agree.
"This is what Bills Mafia is all about," they said. "This is awesome."
Since Allen was drafted in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, his family has witnessed just how much the city of Buffalo means to their son.
"It feels like home," LaVonne said. "This is where people are embracing him and we're embracing the community and Bills Mafia. We are ecstatic about where he is."
Allen's parents and grandparents have been some of his biggest fans since day one. On Saturday evening, they'll witness another big moment when their son and grandson play in his first ever NFL postseason game.
"We knew from a small, small age he would be on this stage," Lavonne said. "We didn't know where but at some point in his life, he would be here."
"It's unbelievable how many colleges there are in the United States and he's one in that group of quarterbacks," Josh's grandfather, Vaughn Von Allman, said. "We love it."
When Allen takes the field, it's business as usual for him. But for his family?
"Sometimes I feel like I'm gonna have a hard attack," Vaughn said. "I'm not kidding you."
But once those nerves subside, it's a family supporting each other surrounded by a fan base that's embraced one of their own.
"It's a special, special group of people," Josh's dad, Joel said. "We're just loving it."