To football fans, Kroy Biermann is an average player from an average team. But to reality TV fans, he’s a superstar.
That’s because he’s married to Kim Zolciak Biermann, one of the most popular cast members of the Bravo network’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta” empire, and co-star in the spin-off reality show, “Don’t Be Tardy.”
So, when he was signed to the Buffalo Bills Monday, social media was abuzz with hopes that Zolciak Biermann would soon become a Real Housewife of Buffalo.
“I hope Kim Zolciak comes straight to Duff’s,” tweeted Angelia Kowalski.
Outside the region, the news played more like an ironic joke, as fans wondered how such a high-maintenance girl would fare in hardscrabble Buffalo.
“There’s no Christian Dior store in Buffalo!” warned @Phoebeyonce.
Libby Caballero tweeted there’s “not a snowball’s chance” Zolciak Biermann would survive a year here.
But the idea is not as far-fetched as it may seem. Though Zolciak Biermann was born in Florida, her parents were originally from Buffalo, and she still has aunts, uncles and grandparents in Western New York.
During training camp Tuesday, Biermann fielded questions about his celebrity wife and their role in reality TV.
“We are who we are. My wife sometimes doesn’t even have a filter, which is good,” he said. “She’s from up north here. You know, her dad was from Buffalo. She grew up in Connecticut, so she’ll tell you how it is and that’s what I like about her.”
Zolciak Biermann celebrated the news on Instagram, posting a photo Monday of her husband embracing his small children as he left Atlanta for training camp in Rochester.
“The fans are AWESOME, the team is AWESOME and my hubby is ecstatic,” she wrote.
So does this mean next season’s episodes of “Don’t be Tardy” will be filmed in Orchard Park?
Even if Biermann makes the Bills’ final cut Sept. 3 and remains on the team, he only has signed a one-year contract. Assuming the Bills don’t make the playoffs (the team hasn’t since 1999), his presence will only be needed in Buffalo for the next four months. It would take longer than that just to pack up all of Kim’s famous wigs.
The two oldest Biermann daughters recite a list of warm-weather places they would agree to move to if their dad got signed to a different team. Buffalo does not make the list.
The fact that Kim’s parents grew up here doesn’t help, either. Her relationship with them is infamously rocky. In fact, her mother was thrown out of her (televised) wedding.
Still, the possibility of relocating away from Atlanta has long been a plot point on their TV show. The trailer for the new season, premiering at 10 p.m. Sept. 14, refers to Biermann’s free agency and the possibility of a move, to which Zolciak Biermann crosses her eyes.
“Here we go again, the good old NFL,” she said.
A Kim-moves-to-Buffalo, fish-out-of-water storyline could make for good ratings.
So, will Zolciak Biermann be singing an auto-tuned version of the Bills “Shout” song? Only time – and Bravo TV – will tell.