Long-suffering Bills fan takes final shot at team from beyond the grave

A long-suffering Buffalo Bills fan delivered one last parting shot at the long-beleaguered squad – requesting six players from the team to serve as his pallbearers so they could “let him down one last time.”

The posthumous dig was penned in Lee C. Merkel’s obituary following his passing Oct. 7 at the age of 83.

The Raleigh, North Carolina, resident was inspired by a Cleveland Browns fan who made a similar request in his own obituary, Merkel’s son Mark, told AOL.

Born in Rochester, Merkel had a “religious-like devotion to the Syracuse Orange and his beloved Buffalo Bills,” according to his obituary.

“Lee has requested six Buffalo Bills players as pall bearers so they can let him down one last time,” the final line of the death notice said.

Merkel served in the US Army and went on to own a Hess gas station in South Utica from 1972 to 2010. He was a member of the Free Masons and an avid fisherman.

He is survived by his wife Sharon Riley Merkel and their son Mark, as well as his ex-wife Mary Merkel and their sons Carl, Brian and Lee Merkel.

The Bills are one of 13 NFL teams to have never won a Super Bowl. They lost four consecutive Super Bowls from 1991 to 1994 — most famously to the Giants in 1991, when they fell 20-19 after kicker Scott Norwood was wide right on a 47-yard field goal.