Once the NFL announced that Jets-Bills would be moved to Detroit, the Bills' concern turned toward figuring out how to actually get the team there. With a driving ban still in place—and many areas of Western New York still impassable, it's no small task to round up 50-something players, plus coaches and staff, and get them all to the airport.
Yesterday, Bills President Russ Brandon estimated that 85 percent of players live in the hardest-hit areas, making car transportation impractical.
"We're working through that right now," Brandon said. "Logistics are very difficult. We've had a lot of brainstorming sessions and really trying to target all of our guys that are in very difficult situations. Some of the guys have been in apartment complexes that are not plowed in any shape or form. It's very difficult to get out."
The answer? Snowmobiles! The team picked up players with snowmobiles to get them to the nearest plowed roads. From there, cars were waiting to bring them to Ralph Wilson Stadium, and when everyone arrived, they piled onto buses to go to the airport.