–Buffalo Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone participated in an hour-long conference call with season ticket holders yesterday afternoon from the studio of The John Murphy Show at One Bills Drive. The full audio of the hour-long question and answer session can be found here>>>
–The Top 100 Players of 2013 presented by Buffalo Wild Wings weekly series continues tonight at 8:00 PM ET on NFL Network. Players ranked No. 80 through No. 71 will be unveiled – one of which will be a Buffalo Bill. RB Fred Jackson represented the Bills on the 2012 Top 100 list with a No. 83 ranking.
–Bills Pro Bowl DT Kyle Williams will receive the 2012 Ed Block Courage Foundation Award this evening at the fourth Annual Friends of Children Celebration gala being held by Gateway-Longview. The Ed Block Courage Awards honors those National Football League players who exemplify commitments to the principles of sportsmanship and courage. This award is unique in that the recipients are selected solely by a vote of their teammates. Every fall all thirty two teams conduct a vote which results in each team selecting their Ed Block Courage Award recipient for the year.
–Buffalo RB Fred Jackson will be a celebrity judge on May 14th at BAND Against Bullying at the Center of the Arts on the campus of UB North. BAND Against Bullying seeks to raise community awareness of bullying related issues and challenges and to raise support of anti-bullying legislation, education, and other related efforts, through an inter-school arts competition related to the theme of DIGNITY.
–The Bills will begin their 2013 rookie mini-camp sessions tomorrow.
—Fifty Yard Finish: On Saturday, June 29, participants can take part in a half marathon, 5k or kids 1-mile run that will begin at Ralph Wilson Stadium, continue through the village and town of Orchard Park and finish at the 50 yard line on the field. Follow along with buffalobills.com journalist Hannah Buehler as she trains with Bills Strength and Conditioning Coach Dan Liburd for the race. Details can be found here: Fifty Yard Finish Details
THIS DAY IN BILLS HISTORY – MAY 9, 1996
The Bills announced that Head Coach Marv Levy would become the 10th member of the Wall of Fame. Levy was named the team’s head coach on November 3, 1986 and remained until his retirement on December 31, 1997. Levy is the only coach in NFL history to lead his team to four straight Super Bowl appearances. He was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Former Buffalo Bills Head Coach Marv Levy on the sideline during the team’s game on October 8, 1995 against the New York Jets. Buffalo defeated New York 29-10 in the team’s fourth win of a five-game winning streak.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
Bills HC Doug Marrone on how he plans to motivate the team:
“We are working together. I meet with players daily. Talk to them daily. Making sure, ‘Hey, we are in this thing together.’ We are here. We are here for a reason. You walk around our building and there is great tradition. You look at the great players on the wall. What is going to be our focus? What is going to be our tradition? What are we going to leave behind? I go back to the higher calling and I do not mean to be repetitive, but if you are playing for yourself and you are playing for the money—you are really playing for the wrong reasons.
“We are fortunate to play a game that when we were kids, and here is what is interesting, when we were all kids and we played this game we did not all have coaches. We did not have any coaches telling us what to do, but we went out there and we played as hard as we could. We were sweating, we were playing and no one was going to say work hard. We did it all on our own. Why does it change? It shouldn’t. We are fortunate. Less than one-percent of people get to do this in the world. We should go out there and play. We are playing for a championship. We are playing for a trophy. We are playing for a higher calling. We are playing for an organization that should not be going through this. People in this area should not be going through this. We have to change that. We have the ability to affect a region by putting a productive, winning football team out there. That is our higher calling. And if you are not buying into that, then you do not need to be here. You can go play for some other team. We do not want those types of players on our football team.” – via BuffaloBills.com 5/8
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