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HOF 2014: WR Reed's long-awaited induction gives Bills reason to celebrate in uncertain times

  • FILE - In this Jan. 15, 1992, file photo, Buffalo Bills wide receiver Andre Reed runs with the ball during an AFC playoff football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Orchard Park, N.Y.  Reed awaits induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, and says the eight-year wait didn't feel that long. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 15, 1992, file photo, Buffalo Bills wide receiver Andre Reed runs with the ball during an AFC playoff football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Orchard Park, N.Y. Reed awaits induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, and says the eight-year wait didn't feel that long. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this May 2, 2014 file photo, Andre Reed is introduced before the inaugural Pro Football Hall of Fame Fan Fest at the International Exposition Center in Cleveland. Reed awaits induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, and says the eight-year wait didn't feel that long. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

    FILE - In this May 2, 2014 file photo, Andre Reed is introduced before the inaugural Pro Football Hall of Fame Fan Fest at the International Exposition Center in Cleveland. Reed awaits induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, and says the eight-year wait didn't feel that long. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 26, 1999 file photo, Buffalo Bills wide receiver Andre Reed makes his 900th career reception with Philadelphia Eagles corner back Bobby Taylor defending during the game at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y. Reed awaits induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, and says the eight-year wait didn't feel that long.  (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File) NO SALES MAGS OUT

    FILE - In this Sept. 26, 1999 file photo, Buffalo Bills wide receiver Andre Reed makes his 900th career reception with Philadelphia Eagles corner back Bobby Taylor defending during the game at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y. Reed awaits induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, and says the eight-year wait didn't feel that long. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File) NO SALES MAGS OUT  (The Associated Press)

There are two things Andre Reed is most certain of in preparing to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend.

The eight-year wait to hear his name called really didn't feel that long. More important, the timing of the announcement in February was fitting given the sudden uncertainty hovering over his beloved Buffalo Bills.

Jim Kelly, the Hall of Fame quarterback, is battling cancer. And Ralph Wilson, the team's Hall of Fame owner, died in March. The Bills are on the market, with concerns of the franchise potentially relocating under a new owner.

As a result, Reed views his induction as something capable of providing anyone who's ever had a connection to the Bills a joyous diversion by giving them a reason to celebrate Saturday night.

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