Reaction: Bills Mafia remembers superfan Pancho Billa
After a long fight against stage four cancer, Ezra Castro, better known as Pancho Billa to the Buffalo Bills community known as Bills Mafia, has passed away. He was 39.
In recent memory, the Bills fan from Texas became the heart and soul of the franchise’s fan base, which included announcing the team’s third-round pick at the 2018 NFL draft (Harrison Phillips).
The Bills Wire team felt it was fitting to share some of the best tributes Bills Mafia made to the news on social media on Tuesday:
— Del Reid (@DelReid) May 14, 2019
Pancho was a pillar of positive strength and energy for me and all of #BillsMafia. He’s been a tremendous inspiration for our team. I was fortunate enough to spend time with him and get to know his story. My heart goes out to his children, friends and family. Viva Los Bills! pic.twitter.com/UFBVMjMWDd
— Kim Pegula (@KimPegula) May 14, 2019
Rest in peace to our dear friend Ezra U. Castro aka "Pancho Billa".
Over the last 2 years Ezra united a fan base like no one has ever done in the history of "Super Fans". We all watched him fight a disease with courage, humbleness & a drive to never give up. pic.twitter.com/IHSgvKF0i0
— Cold Front Report (@ColdFrontReport) May 14, 2019
We sure could use more dudes like Pancho Billa in this world. You were truly one of a kind my brother. Until we meet again my friend rest easy. pic.twitter.com/9sZqTt9zJ0
— Gametime Saint (@gametimesaint) May 14, 2019
This is outstanding. #PanchoBilla @BuffaloBills #BillsMafia @Raiders #RaiderNation pic.twitter.com/8s50ZuGlSb
— VILLAPIANO (@VillapianOk) May 14, 2019
We lost a great friend today. Rest peacefully Ezra Castro aka Pancho Billa pic.twitter.com/g6aTXtuIkE
— The Instigators (@TheInstigators) May 14, 2019
Remembering & celebrating #PanchoPower is the greatest gift we can give Ezra's #BillsMafia legacy. What about Ezra inspired you the most? Let's use this thread to honor his journey as a cancer survivor & his passion 4 @buffalobills. Sending hugs to everyone as we grieve our loss.
— Robyn Mundy (@RobynMundyWYO) May 14, 2019
One other thought…the @BuffaloBills handled things with @PanchoBilla1 in as first rate a way as any organization in sports EVER has.
It’s why I always laugh when people say they’d never want to play for us.
And one day, their regret.
— Kevin Connors (@kevconnorsespn) May 14, 2019
The first time I called Pancho for an interview, he had just left chemo. I could tell he wasn't feeling great (I was shocked he answered the phone). I told him to call me back another time. He said he'd always answer for a 716 number, and wanted to do the interview right then RIP https://t.co/Hwo1YyI1hD
— Kelsey Anderson (@4KelseyAnderson) May 14, 2019
"Ever since he called my name, he's been with me and he's been with our team and nothing's going to change." @horribleharry99 reflects on the relationship he's had with #PanchoBilla since day one. pic.twitter.com/qMkljk0zsd
— 7 Eyewitness News (@WKBW) May 14, 2019
We heavy hearts we mourn this loss of our amigos Ezra “Pancho Billa” Castro. We love you Pancho and will miss you until we can meet again.
Please respect his family’s in this sad time. pic.twitter.com/zWtoEaNxN6
— Red Pinto Tailgate (@PintoTailgate) May 14, 2019
We had the pleasure of meeting Pancho Billa at the 2017 NFL Draft. His love for the game left an impact on all of us. pic.twitter.com/zZ27o1yQsD
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) May 14, 2019
A Bills fan through-and-through, and an inspiration to us all.
Pancho Billa, we’ll miss you. #VivaLosBills #BillsMafia pic.twitter.com/yUDafu7m4O
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) May 14, 2019
Heavy hearts in Buffalo today as we pray for Pancho and his family. We will never lose your spirit, and the inspiration you shared with us. Pancho Power Forever! #VivaLosBills pic.twitter.com/9SYljbStV8
— Josh Allen (@JoshAllenQB) May 14, 2019
#PanchoBilla Pancho wanted me to post this video after his passing. I shot this while he was in Houston MD Anderson hospital a few weeks ago. RIP Amigo https://t.co/og7vox7Q7x @TheBuffaloNews pic.twitter.com/U0Hmqpn0H2
— James P McCoy (@jmccoyphoto) May 14, 2019
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