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Ferriday native Daryl Daye was promoted to linebackers and special teams coach before the season with the Buffalo Bills. He never knew songwriter would be added to those titles.
The Bills unveiled the song, "Red, White and Blue" at their home football game against New England Sunday.
The song uses the music of the the "Red, White, and Blue" song by Lynard Skynard.
Tom Sartori wrote some of the lyrics for the song, but was unable to come up with a chorus.
"Some of the guys know I like to write songs, so they asked me to come up with something," Daye said.
Daye played on the Red, White and Blue theme, with his chorus saying, "New York snow is white, game time we see red and our collars are still blue. Been here all these years through the touchdowns and the tears with you. Yes, you could say we'll always stay red, white and blue."
"My wife (Cathy) was sitting in the stands when they played that and when they came to the chorus she recognized it from me picking at my guitar," Daye said. "I was in the locker room and couldn't hear it. Cathy was sitting with (GM Buddy) Nix's wife and told him I wrote the chorus and she couldn't believe it."
The Bills have been hitting the right chord on the field as well as the surprise team of the NFL.
The Bills opened with a 41-7 win over Kansas City and followed with comeback wins over Oakland (38-35) and New England (34-31).
"It's been unbelievable," Daye said. "Nobody circles the wagons like the Buffalo Bills. There were still some people in the parking lot this morning (Monday). Supposedly we are the first team in NFL history to come back from 18-point deficits two weeks in a row. This team can get down, but the whole time they are thinking we're going to come back and win it. Everybody is excited. It was hard to obtain, it's going to be harder to maintain. But it's a lot better than starting out 0-8 like we did last year."
Daye said he is excited to be on the field at all times now instead of just on game day.
Daye joined the Bills as Assistant to the Head Coach. Daye's responsibilities included assisting Head Coach Chan Gailey in the team's day-to-day administrative operation as well as numerous travel and training camp duties.
"I have butterflies coming back now, along with the sleepless nights," he said. "But you put pressure on yourself to win."
Natchez native Stevan Ridley had seven carries for 44 yards for the Patriots in Sunday's game. Ridley, a rookie from LSU, attended Trinity Episcopal where he was coached by David King.
"I talked to Ridley after the game and told him I half-raised his coach," Daye joked. "He is a very classy guy. Kinda strange to have two guys from the Miss-Lou talking after an NFL game."
Daye said LSU rookie Kelvin Sheppard will see more playing time down the road at linebacker.
"We thought he would have played more Sunday because we use him in two-back situations and we expected New England to run more two-back, but they stayed mostly in a one-back set," Daye said. ""But he's a good hand."
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