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Veronica Borjon and Buffalo Bills administrators talked about the possibilities for a long time. There were a few options on the table for honoring Ezra Castro, the exuberant mask-wearing Bills fan often known as Pancho Billa, who died of cancer Tuesday at a Dallas hospital. After giving it a lot of thought over the last two days, Borjon and the Bills settled on an a…

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Pancho Billa didn't want flowers for his funeral. The generous Buffalo Bills super-fan wanted underprivileged kids to have backpacks filled with school supplies. That was the message passed from Ezra Castro, who died Tuesday in his native Texas after a battle with cancer, to former Buffalo TV reporter Jonah Javad, now working in Dallas, Texas. Javad shared the wish on T…

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Ken Johnson, known far better as “Pinto Ron” around greater Buffalo, vividly remembers meeting Ezra Castro. It is important to read that sentence exactly as written, because Castro is being eulogized throughout the football world as Pancho Billa, the mask-and-sombrero wearing character he made famous in the stands at Buffalo Bills games. They were introduced in the crow…

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A Bills fan named Ezra Castro died Tuesday. You knew him as Pancho Billa, the man in the luchador mask who endured a long battle with cancer. He was 39. Castro's fight was well chronicled. He garnered nearly as many headlines this year as the Buffalo Beauts or Bandits. Heartfelt messages poured in from fans, media, and even the team owner after the news broke. Castro's …

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The hard news about Ezra Castro had just started moving Tuesday morning around Twitter when Brandon Beane’s phone began to buzz in Orchard Park. He glanced at the number and understood immediately what the call would mean. It was Veronica Borjon, Castro’s longtime partner. She was calling the Bills general manager to tell him about the death of Castro, 39, who with his …

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A fan from Hamburg has started a petition to urge the Buffalo Bills to sign Pancho Billa to a one-day contract. The Change.org petition had more than 7,800  people sign by Monday morning, more than the initial goal of 5,000. The petition was started by Steve Varga on Saturday afternoon. "This petition is to show your support as a member of the BILLS MAFIA in persuadi…

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Buffalo Bills first-round draft pick Ed Oliver was taking some inspiration on the field from team superfan Pancho Billa during the rookie minicamp Friday at One Bills Drive. Oliver was wearing a red-and-blue “#PanchoPower” wristband he got during a visit Tuesday to see Ezra "Pancho Billa" Castro at a Houston hospital. Castro, 39, is in hospice care for cancer that be…

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Bills top draft pick Ed Oliver visited super fan Ezra "Pancho Billa" Castro on Tuesday in Houston, according to a video clip posted on Oliver's Instagram account. Castro, 39, is in hospice care for cancer that began with a mass around his spine and spread into other organs, including his liver and lungs. Oliver is a Houston native. Thanks to club officials, Castro…

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You had to feel for Harrison Phillips, who had the kindness in his heart to FaceTime with Bills superfan Ezra Castro during the first night of the draft. Castro, better known as Pancho Billa, is the fan battling cancer who was granted the opportunity to announce a draft pick during the 2018 draft in his home state of Texas. Phillips was the pick. He was described as "a …

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Bills super fan Ezra Castro, aka Pancho Billa, had been invited to make the team's third-round NFL Draft pick in person Friday night in Nashville. Castro was on the stage via FaceTime through the phone of former Bills safety Coy Wire, who made the selection. Castro also was involved in calling in the Bills' first-round pick to Nashville on a three-way call with Bills…

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Ezra Castro, only a week ago, had dreamed of traveling to the National Football League draft in Nashville, where there was a chance he would take the stage and make a pick before the football world for the Buffalo Bills. Instead, Castro – often known as Pancho Billa, the famous Bills fan from Texas in a luchador mask – learned Thursday morning he was going into hospice …

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Ezra Castro, who has established a national identity as the costumed Buffalo Bills fan who calls himself Pancho Billa, learned from doctors Thursday morning that he is entering hospice care for cancer that began with a mass around his spine and spread into other organs, including his liver and lungs. Yet even at the most heartbreaking moments, Castro, like so many Bills…

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Bills super fan Ezra Castro, aka Pancho Billa, has canceled his planned trip to the NFL Draft in Nashville. Castro tweeted Tuesday, "Health comes 1st, still in the hospital for a few more days." Castro was brought on stage and announced the Bills' third-round pick last year. Former Bills receiver Stevie Johnson, who is scheduled to announce this year's third-round pi…

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One of the most well-known fans of the Buffalo Bills has earned himself a new accolade. Ezra Castro, better known as Pancho Billa, is the inaugural member of the Buffalo Fan Wall of Fame, which is to be part of the proposed BFLO Hall of Fame Experience. "I almost feel like he's the face of the Buffalo Bills fan," said Therese Forton-Barnes, director of strategic plan…