The Ryan family is loaded with extraordinary storytellers. Not all of their tales could fit into my magazine-length feature on the family that has shaped Rex Ryan into the person he is.
Here is one of the outtakes.
The Ryan boys' first Buffalo Bills game was a mixed bag that provided glorious memories.
It was Sept. 14, 1969.
At the time, Rex had zero idea he would grow up to become Bills head coach one day. He and twin brother Rob were three months shy of their eighth birthdays. Oldest brother Jim was 12.
Their dad, Buddy Ryan, was the top defensive assistant for the New York Jets. Their parents had divorced. The boys moved with their mother, Doris Ryan, to Toronto, where she was an education administrator with a Ph.D.
So the kids were thrilled to drive down the QEW to watch their dad's Jets play the Bills at War Memorial Stadium. It was the season opener. The Jets were coming off their seminal Super Bowl III victory, and O.J. Simpson was making his NFL debut.
So the Ryans made a "No way for O.J. sign" to taunt the Rockpile crowd.
"We were pelted by at least 200 beer cans," Jim Ryan said.
Simpson had 99 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown, and Joe Namath completed only seven passes with one touchdown and three interceptions. But the Jets won, 33-19.
What Jim Ryan remembers most was taking place outside War Memorial Stadium after the game.
"I saw all these fires and grills and people partying," Jim said. "I'd never seen tailgating.
"I don't know who came up with the idea of tailgating, but from my experience tailgating was invented in Buffalo."