Orchard Park, where the Bills’ Highmark Stadium is located, was the hardest-hit town in Western New York, according to snow totals released by the National Weather Service.
The amount of snow that fell in Orchard Park is truly shocking: As of Saturday morning, the town received 77 inches of snow during the snow. That’s 6 feet, 5 inches tall — the exact same height as quarterback Josh Allen.
That’s enough snow to bury other star players like Von Miller (6-foot-3), Stefon Diggs (6-foot) and Jordan Poyer (6-foot), and nearly a foot taller than the shortest player, running back Devin Singletary (5-foot-7).
In fact, only five players on the Bills entire 53-man roster are taller than the amount of snow that fell in Orchard Park:
- Offensive tackle Spencer Brown: 6-foot-8 (80 inches tall)
- Defensive end Greg Rousseau: 6-foot-6 (78 inches)
- Defensive tackle Jordan Phillips: 6-foot-6 (78 inches)
- Center Mitch Morse: 6-foot-6 (78 inches)
- Defensive end A.J. Epenesa: 6-foot-6 (78 inches)
If you include injured players and practice squad, Tommy Doyle (6-foot-8), Zach Davidson (6-foot-7), Ike Boettger (6-foot-6), and Ryan Van Demark (6-foot-6) would be added to the list.
Erie County Sheriff John Garcia thanked the Bills for moving the game during a press conference Friday: “I want to say thank you to the Buffalo Bills for not having a game on Sunday, because all those assets we would’ve had to redeploy there would’ve caused a lot of problems,” he said.
Detroit’s Ford Field was not planning to host a football game this weekend — they had 48 hours to switch the stadium from a black-tie carnival fundraiser to a football field.
You can see the latest snow totals around Western New York here.
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Nick Veronica is a Buffalo native who joined the News 4 team as a Digital Executive Producer in 2021. He previously worked at NBC Sports and The Buffalo News. You can follow Nick on Facebook and Twitter and find more of his work here.