We really got to know Rian Lindell's family through our Better Half Of The Bills feature. His wife Johna was one of the main reasons the interviews with Bills wives came off so well, and from the beginning, one of the things he stressed was how an NFL football career can end so quickly, affecting not only the player but the family. That came true when Rian was released earlier this week. At the time, we said he was too good a kicker to not be picked up by someone, and it took less than 36 hours for Tampa Bay to sign him. Rian showed how classy he is by putting out the following note:
Thank you, Bills fans, for all the support I've received over the years and over the last few days. I always tried to remember the people I represented every time I put the Bills uniform on. Over the years, I've truly enjoyed hearing the many stories Bills fans had to share from Sundays at the Ralph.
I'll never forget the feeling of driving into the parking lot on gameday and seeing the excitement of fans young or old, warm or cold, going through their pregame routines in anticipation of a Bills victory. What I came to understand over the years was the genuine passion Western New York and Bills nation has for their Bills, and I can't tell you how appreciative I am to have been a part of it for a decade.
I also want to thank Mr. Wilson and each and every person in the organization for 10 great years together. You made my family and I feel like we were truly a part of your family, and we were proud to "circle the wagons" with you.
Thank you, Buffalo, and while I begin a new and exciting chapter of my career, I look forward to our paths crossing again down the road.