Town of Tonawanda native Christopher Fuller believes the Buffalo Bills will turn the corner in 2012.
And if so, he'll be able to say he played a part in it.
Fuller will announce the Buffalo Bills' fourth-round draft choice Saturday at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
"For me it's just freaking huge," said Fuller, a United States Army veteran who won the Bills and Delta Sonic "Announce the 4th Round Draft Pick" contest. "I've been a fan for over 30 years. I served in the army and wore (the Bills colors) proud over there and got picked on for that. I stood strong. Being able to announce the pick is a once in a lifetime thing."
Fuller, 35, will be joined by his 10-year-old daughter, Jada, on Saturday. The two will be flown down Friday, he said, and returning home Sunday, lodging and travel paid for. Aside from a Bills hat and T-shirt, Fuller also won $500 to spend in the Big Apple and will soon receive a Delta-Sonic prize pack.
"I keep on getting more and more emails, getting more stuff," he said. "It's kind of cool."
David Russell of Tonawanda was among five finalists who were selected to win an exclusive Delta Sonic prize pack. Fuller is one of the thousands of fans who participated in the weeklong, online sweepstakes.
In addition to being a part of this year’s draft, the 2012 season will be even more special for Fuller, who is a proud first-year season ticket holder.
“It's going to be a huge year," said Fuller, noting the Bills' significant offseason acquisitions. "It's the turning point for the Bills and I get to be that guy to at least announce a pick."
Fuller, a father of two, served in the United States Army for eight years and was stationed in Afghanistan from 2005-06. After the Bills bolstered the defensive front, particularly with Mario Williams, Fuller said Buffalo should compete for a playoff bid.
"I normally don't have expectations, but this year I'm expecting wild card, at least," he said. "I expect to split with the (New England Patriots), if not schooling them this year. ... This is the year, definitely. No doubt about it."
In his first trip to New York, Fuller said he hopes to visit the 9/11 memorial and possibly get an up-close glimpse of the Statue of Liberty.
"My daughter keeps blasting me all day long," he said. "She's excited. I think she's a little more excited than I am."
Buffalo has the 10th overall selection in the first round, which begins at 8 p.m. Thursday on ESPN.