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Bills coach to introduce Trump at Buffalo event

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Posted at 10:59 AM, Apr 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-18 18:10:55-04

Rex Ryan will take a break from trying to make the Buffalo Bills great again in order to introduce the man who says he wants to do the same for America.

On Monday night, the Bills coach will be on hand during Donald Trump's campaign stop in Buffalo, just hours before New York's Republican and Democratic presidential primary elections are set to take place, according to a Bills beat writer.

Rex Ryan is one of many pro sports figures to support the Republican frontrunner. Former NBA star and "Apprentice" contestant Dennis Rodman has expressed his support, along with ex-NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens and golfer John Daly.

Ryan isn't even the first NFL coach to endorse Trump, as former Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints coach Mike Ditka has also endorsed the real estate mogul. 

Ryan led the Bills to an 8-8 record in his first season in Buffalo. He was the head coach of the New York Jets from 2009-14.

His father, Buddy Ryan, was the Arizona Cardinals' head coach in 1994-95.

"The Bills organization does not endorse political candidates and so he is not representing the organization at tonight's event," the Bills said in a statement Monday.

Trump attempted to purchase the Bills in 2014, but he was outbid by Terry and Kim Pegula, who bought the franchise for an NFL-record $1.4 billion, according to the Associated Press.