Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton received a unique and unprecedented reaction from Buffalo Bills fans for an opposing player with no link to the home team.
A standing ovation they’ve been waiting eight months to give.
Buffalo loves you, Andy Dalton! pic.twitter.com/hmC5xzAt9t
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) August 26, 2018
Before the Bengals’ game Sunday afternoon at New Era Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y., Buffalo fans gave Dalton a rousing standing ovation. Buffalo fans still haven’t forgotten Dalton’s fourth-down game-winning pass to Tyler Boyd in the final game of the season that knocked Baltimore out of the playoffs.
How cool is this: Andy Dalton and his wife JJ are going BACK to Buffalo Sunday to give back to the Bills fans who supported their foundation after helping end their playoff drought – many in $17 increments. pic.twitter.com/c0MtwCsKGT
— Michele Steele (@ESPNMichele) August 24, 2018
The big play assured Buffalo’s first playoff berth since 1999, breaking the longest drought in major professional American sports.
Bills fans showed their appreciation to Dalton in person on Sunday. The former TCU and Katy High School standout expressed his appreciation with a thumbs up and a wave during the 30-second standing ovation.
Even better, Dalton’s foundation received a hefty donation from Buffalo fans.
FOX reported during its game broadcast that about $450,000 has been donated to Dalton’s foundation to date from Bills fans. Also, Bills fans provided $150,000 to Western Pennsylvania Youth Athletic Association on behalf of Boyd, according to Fox.
And Dalton and his wife, JJ, made a donation to the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo. Dalton even made a surprise appearance at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sunday morning, several hours before the game.
If the Bills ever need a quarterback, Dalton might be an ideal replacement considering his good feelings in the community.
But alas, the cheers stopped suddenly after the game began. On his first pass, Dalton hooked up with John Ross on a 57-yard touchdown pass that kick-started a 26-13 Cincinnati victory.