You may have thought Richie Incognito chose to re-sign with the Buffalo Bills because they took a chance on him when the embattled offensive lineman's career was at its lowest point.
For all the other reasons that The Buffalo News' Tyler Dunne wrote in his feature and the ensuing article confirming his re-signing, like Incognito's praise for Rex Ryan, his frequenting of Buffalo's restaurants and his friendships with teammates, a local grocer may have played an even bigger role in the guard's return.
Not gonna lie... @Wegmans was a big part of me resigning in Buffalo. This place is ??
— Richie Incognito (@68INCOGNITO) April 20, 2016
While Incognito did not elaborate on what he loves about Wegmans -- and some fans gave him grief about the resign vs. re-sign distinction -- his fondness for the supermarket is shared by many.
The Rochester-born company, which boasts 11 locations in Buffalo and its surrounding suburbs, recently earned the title of "America's Favorite Grocer," overcoming Trader Joe's in Market Force Information's retail grocery study.
After his bullying scandal in Miami, Incognito referred to the public's perception of him, at the time, as a guy who "punches old ladies and eats babies." It was the lowest point for a player who'd earned a reputation as a dirty player who partied heartily. Over the last two years -- particularly last season with the Bills -- the burly 33-year-old lineman has worked diligently to turn around his public image.
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