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Bills Planning to Honor Late Superfan Pancho Billa at Home Opener

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 15: A Buffalo Bills helmet sits on the bench before the game against the New York Jets at New Era Field on September 15, 2016 in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
Brett Carlsen

The game on September 22nd between the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals at New Era Field will be a momentous occasion. Not only will it be the home opener for the 2019 Bills season, but also a memorial to a remarkable NFL superfan who passed away too soon.

Pancho Billa was the nickname given to Ezra Castro, a fan who touched the hearts of many in Bills Mafia and beyond. Donning his iconic lucha libre mask and sombrero, he became one of the most recognizable and vibrant personalities around the NFL. Sadly, he passed away this week at the age of 39 after a hard-fought battle with cancer.

The Bills are doing a great thing by honoring the man who was so devoted to rooting for his favorite football team. And his fellow fans have likewise stepped up to show just how much he meant to them.

Even the players, some of whom were truly touched by Pancho Billa, made sure to honor his legacy through acts of their own as well, like defensive tackle Harrison Phillips.

Ezra Castro may no longer be with us, but his memory will live on in the annals of NFL fandom for a long, long time.