Rex Ryan

As the New York Primary waves hello from around the corner, Donald Trump has found a fan in none other than Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan.

The bombastic coach will introduce (though not necessarily endorse) the Republican front runner at a rally tonight.

In a way, this is surprising. While there are certainly exceptions, people in the sports world generally stay out of the political arena. Even the most popular candidates are generally met with disapproval from at least one-third of the country, which is still a sizable portion of a potential fan base.

In a Democratic stronghold like Buffalo, speaking at a Trump rally is even more polarizing.

On the other hand, while Ryan has been fairly quiet in the political world until now, it makes perfect sense that he’d be the guy to introduce Trump. In many ways, Ryan is to the NFL what Trump is to the political world, someone who comes in and brashly says whatever is on his mind, even if it’s probably not the best thing to say or the right time to say it.

It’s also worth noting that Trump tried to buy the Bills when they were for sale in the Fall of 2014. When his bid was unsuccessful, Trump unleashed a series of tweets that took shots at Buffalo’s new owner Terry Pegula, as well as the NFL.

Apparently there’s no animosity from Ryan.

Michael Dixon
Bay Area born and raised, I have extensive experience in both the print and online worlds. There are few things in this world I love doing more than talking sports.