–The Buffalo Bills announced yesterday that Danny Crossman has been hired as the team’s special teams coordinator. Crossman will enter his 11th year as an NFL coach in 2013 and ninth as a special teams coordinator. From 2010-12, Crossman presided over the Detroit Lions’ special teams unit after seven years with the Carolina Panthers (2003-09), including the final five as their special teams coordinator. Crossman entered the NFL with Carolina in 2003 as a special teams assistant while also assisting the team’s strength and conditioning program.
–Bills WR Brad Smith has been named as a finalist for the Bart Starr Award presented by Athletes in Action. The award is voted on by NFL players and given to a player that shows “outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community.” The winner will be announced in February before the Super Bowl. Smith’s foundation, True Foundation, works to promote education, discipline, and organized activity for youth in the community.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
Special Teams Coordinator Danny Crossman
Q: What attracted you to this position with the Buffalo Bills?
A: “Most importantly is the opportunity to work with an outstanding NFL franchise that has a passionate fan base. I know how much this team means to the community having grown up in a hardworking, blue-collar city. I’m excited to help this organization on the field with the support of our fans.”
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Bills WR Brad Smith is a nominee for the 2013 Athletes in Action/Bart Starr Award. Above, Smith interacts with some students during the Buffalo Bills Play 60 Super school visit on November 27, 2012 at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School.
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