Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Michael Conroy
April 18, 2016

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Donald Trump will be receiving a Rex Ryan-styled welcome to Buffalo.

The Buffalo Bills coach said he will introduce Trump at the Republican presidential candidate's rally at Buffalo's First Niagara Center on Monday night.

Ryan stopped short of endorsing Trump. Instead, Ryan said he was 100 percent behind New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who has since exited the race.

Ryan said he and Christie are close and referred to himself and Christie as ''the Lap-Band of brothers,'' because both have had the weight-loss procedure.

There had once been a chance that Trump could have been Ryan's boss in Buffalo. Trump was a finalist to purchase the Bills in September 2014. The New York City real estate mogul was outbid by Terry and Kim Pegula, who purchased the Bills for an NFL-record $1.4 billion.

The Bills issued a statement by referring to Ryan's presence at Trump's rally as being a personal decision, and adding: ''The Bills organization does not endorse political candidates and so he is not representing the organization at tonight's event.''


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