By Justin DiLoro
Harrison Phillips, the Buffalo Bills’ third-round selection in this April’s draft, is taking on the role of Kyle Williams’ heir apparent in stride. In the rookie’s debut Thursday night, the Stanford product recorded two tackles and his first professional sack.
Phillips unselfishly and thoughtfully dedicated his first sack to Bills superfan Ezra Castro, better known among the locals at One Bills drive as Pancho Billa.
During the third round of April’s draft, Castro was called to the stage by Buffalo greats Fred Jackson and Andre Reed. This is the initial connection between Phillips and Castro, as one of the most recognizable fans for the Bills introduced the defensive tackle to the league.
Castro is currently battling cancer, and his presence at the draft was one of the special moments of the weekend.
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Fast forward to training camp, and Pancho Billa was watching the Bills perform on the field. Phillips shared what it meant to meet Castro.
“Pancho has been going through so much. He’s fighting his own battle and going through so many things, and I’m here complaining about my shin hurting after a long practice. It really puts things into perspective, so finally being able to meet him and tell him in person how much it meant for him to make my pick and make my draft so remarkable. It was cool,” he said via Sal Maiorana of the Rochester Democrat &...