The Buffalo Auto Show showcases new cars, but Darryl Talley is sure to be a star attraction.
The retired Buffalo Bills linebacker has agreed to appear at the show’s 2015 edition, which takes place Feb. 5-8 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.
Specifics of Talley’s appearance are yet to be announced, said the Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association, which organizes the show. He is expected to be part of a “Buffalo Sports Night” that will feature current and former Buffalo athletes. The show’s website lists current Sabres Zemgus Girgensons and Rasmus Ristolainen as two other players scheduled to appear.
Sports stars are typically part of the auto show, but Talley’s visit will have a poignant touch. In a recent interview with The Buffalo News, Talley, who lives in Florida, revealed his personal and financial struggles since retiring from football. Fans quickly responded, with an online fund-raising campaign that generated more than $150,000 to help Talley with his expenses.
“We have been talking with Darryl since June, and our board of directors is pleased that Darryl has accepted our invitation to greet and see the Buffalo fans who share a long and special bond in our community,” said Paul Stasiak, president of the NFADA, in a statement. “He has been really humbled by the lasting and enormous support everyone has given to him. Darryl is looking forward to coming back to be with his fans in his Western New York home.”