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YNN's The 12th Man: True Bills Love

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LOCKPORT, N.Y.-- Even though they were childhood friends, it took awhile for Tom Nicholas and Bette Nuhfer to realize their love.

"We got together in the mid-80's,” said Nicholas. “We were both divorced."

But when the couple started dating they realized they had a mutual passion.

"I think one of the first things that we did together was go to a Bills game,” said Nicholas. “We were both Bills fans and what do you do? We were on a date. You go to a Bills game."

The married couple has been going ever since.

"We have probably missed one or two games in thirty years,” said Nuhfer. "I'm more fanatic about it. He's very laid back, very laid back at the games, hardly said a word. I'm on my feet all the time screaming as everyone can tell you."

Bette's heart may belong to Tom, but he's had competition from the former Bills Center Kent Hull.

"He was classy and I think that was one of the reasons she really latched on and said you know this is a football player," said Nicholas.

They say it was a somber day in their household when Hull passed away a year ago.

"I cried,” said Nuhfer. “I know this may sound silly, but I really did not handle it well. People who called me, it was one phone call after another, because they knew how I felt about him. It was devastating."

Nuhfer keeps a shrine to Hull in her home to remember him by.

"We have gum and matches and lighters and rings," said Nuhfer.

But it's just one part of a whole room filled with Bills memorabilia inside their home.

"It's just a culmination of everything that I have collected over the years and he's also helped me collect,” said Nuhfer. “There are so many things that people have made for me, that people have given me, treasured possessions."

There are photos and game balls and signs they've made, as well as prized possessions like their tickets from Super Bowl 25.

"We sat in the cheapest seats in the stadium, front row, the low rent district, the skid row of the stadium," said Nicholas.

Nuhfer and Nicholas say there's no place they'd rather be than the Bills game.
"She always said, when I die I want to be cremated and I want my ashes to be put in the holes in the wall or sprinkled on the field," said Nicholas.

"Then I decided I don't want to be sprinkled on the field because they vaccum the field. I don't want to go up in a mega Hoover you know?" said Nuhfer.

They say they'll keep going as long as they're able.

A couple in love with each other, and the Bills.

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