Believing in something is hard to come by. You put your whole heart into and you almost always fall flat on your face.
Ryan Fitzpatrick knows firsthand.
After closing out the 2009 season as the starter, he was once again relegated to a backup role under Chan Gailey and the new regime. Three weeks of shoddy Trent Edwards play into the 2010 season he was finally given the chance to be the man.
And the man he was.
Although the Bills finished out the season 4-12, he proved he was more than capable of leading this gang of nobodies.
Going into overtime with three teams that were playoff contenders showed that he would go to war with his men. He would stand behind them, he would carry them, he would lead them.
Although they would go on to lose all three games, he still persevered and pushed forward, finding a way to come from behind against Cincinnati and beat them, 49-31. That moment showed that he could be what the Bills were long looking for. A man who, when down, could lift himself up and rise above everything.
In his 13 games as a starter, he threw for 3,000 yards even, tossed 23 TDs to 15 INTs and rushed for 269 yards to boot.
Not bad for a sixth-round pick out of Harvard.
Heading into the uncertain 2011 NFL season, what can Fitzpatrick bring to the table now? He has nothing to lose and everything to gain. Although there were rumors that Buffalo would bring in a QB during the draft, they were just that: smoke.
Will Buffalo bring in a QB with veteran experience to back up Fitzpatrick? Yes, they probably will. But make no mistake about it: Bills brass have hitched their wagon to Fitzpatrick and its about time Bills Nation did as well.