At the podium, Jackson acknowledged Castro, calling him “one of the most recognizable fans in Buffalo’s history.”
Then Reed, the Bills’ the Hall of Fame wide receiver, said that Castro “has been battling cancer, but this is not to dampen his spirit and his love for the game and his Bills.
Jackson returned to the microphone and invited Castro on stage to read the Bills’ draft choice.
"With the 96th pick, the Bills Mafia selects Harrison Phillips, defensive tackle, Stanford," Castro said, his voice cracking.
Reed and Jackson presented Castro with a Bills No. 18 jersey that had “NFL Draft” stitched on the back.
General Manager Brandon Beane said Castro’s moment at the podium “sent chills up everybody’s spine in the draft room."
“We’re all praying for him,” Beane told the News.