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Now that the Buffalo Bills and safety Micah Hyde have agreed on a two-year extension, the 2017 Pro Bowler is shifting his attention to the disrespect he feels the city of Buffalo gets from players.
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“They’re going on visits, and I’d be like, ‘Hey man, come to Buffalo,'” Hyde told New York Upstate. “They’d be like, ‘I’m cool. I’m gonna go somewhere else.’ Well, at the end of the day, I bet they’re pretty pissed off they didn’t take those visits to Buffalo. Now they’re probably sitting on their trash team or sitting on the couch somewhere else because they didn’t come to Buffalo.”
Honestly though, I feel Micah Hyde forgets this is a business. Most athletes (and non-athletes) work their jobs to maximize financial gain and to stay in close proximity of family. They are not trying to change a culture or sacrifice the chance to win for lifestyle convenience.
The drive from Buffalo to New York City is six hours. When people say they dream of living in New York, they mean New York City. They aren’t even thinking about Buffalo. Football wise? Sure, Josh Allen and the rest of his unit make this franchise a force for years to come, but let’s not act like Buffalo has the same appeal as Central Park just because the Bills are suddenly winning football games.
Matter fact, I bet there are plenty of dudes in the NFL who wouldn’t go to Buffalo, even if they had a crystal ball and saw all winning the Bills had coming.
But he wasn’t done
“I wasn’t somebody that everybody was chasing after and wanted or was that top guy,” Hyde said. “So when I was getting love from Buffalo, I was like, ‘Cool.'”
“There’s just a lot of guys that think Buffalo is the old Buffalo, not winning and all of that. It’s disrespect because the city is an amazing city. The team and organization are amazing. At the end of the day, we’re trying to win football games, and if you don’t want to be in Buffalo, don’t come. …If I’m able to finish my career in Buffalo, that’s the ultimate plan.”
Sounds like something my ex-girlfriend would write me via email.
Micah clearly loves the city of Buffalo and anytime you talk like this about a fan base or city, they usually return the love. Even if you never win a championship, it’s always a feel-good story when a long-tenured player rides off into the sunset.
Buffalo is an electric sports city, but there’s no denying the weather stinks. And if players in today’s NFL look at a team’s past to determine their future, then I wouldn’t call that disrespect either. I would call that being smart.
Let an NFL franchise fix their culture (Houston, for example) before you sign your future over. Anyways, we wish Micah luck on his endeavors in Buffalo, New York.