'Religious' Buffalo Bills fan trolls team, requests players as pall bearers in obituary

Lee C. Merkel, of Raleigh, North Carolina, devoted his life to the Buffalo Bills -- and couldn't resist taking one last swipe at them, even in death. 

Merkel, who passed away on Oct. 7 at the age of 83, requested six Bills players attend his funeral to serve as pall bearers "so they can let him down one last time." 

According to Merkel's son, Mark, his father was inspired by a Cleveland Browns fan who once added a similar line to his own obituary

Merkel, who was born in upstate New York, was described as having a "religious-like devotion" to the Bills as well as the Syracuse Orange. His obituary calls him an "avid fisherman" and "sports enthusiast."

The Bills are currently 2-3 behind rookie quarterback Josh Allen after benching starting QB Nathan Peterman. The team never won a Super Bowl in Lee Merkel's lifetime, despite reaching four in a row in the 1990s. On the day of Merkel's passing, the Bills defeated the Tennessee Titans by a score of 13-12.

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