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Jim Kelly health update

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on August 20, 2014 – 4:11 pm

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The New York Head & Neck Institute at Lenox Hospital in Manhattan, the hospital spearheading Jim Kelly’s cancer treatments and evaluation, released this statement today:

Jim Kelly was evaluated yesterday at the New York Head & Neck Institute at Lenox Hospital in Manhattan, three months after having completed the radiation and chemotherapy protocol designed to treat his recurrent sinus cancer. Dr. Peter Constantino, Executive Director of the Institute, stated that, “The treatments so far have completely eliminated Mr. Kelly’s pain, and his level of function has essentially returned to normal. Further, on physical examination, there is no evidence of cancer.”

Over the coming week, a series of tests will be performed to determine if any further treatment will be necessary. Constantino added, “It is possible that no further treatment will be required, and the testing over the next week will define this issue.”


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New Bills Store opens Monday

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on August 17, 2014 – 3:58 pm

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The grand opening of  The Bills Store in its new easy-to-spot location directly in front of Ralph Wilson Stadium is this Monday, August 18!

At four times the size of the old Bills Store located adjacent to the fieldhouse, the new hub for Bills merchandise will be finished for its Monday opening, complete with a walkway using the same turf found on the field at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

The store will also have new, extended hours:
-Monday through Saturday: 10 a.m to 9 p.m.
-Non-gameday Sundays: 12 p.m to 5 p.m.
-Gamedays: 9 a.m. until 1 hour after the end of the game

 We’ll see you this week at the brand new Bills Store right on Abbott Road!

For more information, call 716-648-0658 extension 10.


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Contest winner meets Sammy Watkins

Posted by buffalobills.com on August 12, 2014 – 10:00 am

The winner of the M&T Bank Predict the Picks contest came to St. John Fisher College for Buffalo Bills Training Camp. Dan Minns from Geneva, NY and his fiancée Holly Ferrell won a meet and greet with the Bills 2014 First round draft selection, Sammy Watkins.

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Dan got all of the questions correct in the Predict the Picks contest including the Bills will trade up with their first pick and the first pick will be Sammy Watkins, WR out of Clemson.

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Fifty second place winners who answered at least half of the questions correctly were randomly selected and received an official 2014 Bills Draft Cap.


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Thousands run the 50 Yard Finish

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on June 29, 2014 – 1:40 pm

The second annual 50 Yard Finish half marathon and 5k was a success this weekend as thousands of runners finished across the charging buffalo at midfield at Ralph Wilson Stadium. There were a record number of runners this year.

It was a warm but beautiful morning, and fans of all ages had a blast on the same field their favorite Bills play on in the fall, including this dad below who finished the half marathon Kelly Tough.

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Tim Hortons truck serves workers at RWS

Posted by buffalobills.com on June 18, 2014 – 4:00 pm

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Tim Hortons, the official coffee of the Buffalo Bills, brought their truck to Ralph Wilson Stadium Wednesday.  Construction workers and Bills staff were treated to free frozen hot chocolate and coffee.  Keep an eye out for the Tim Hortons coffee truck around town this summer!


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Aaron Rodgers sends #PrayersforJK

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on June 18, 2014 – 10:12 am

Via twitter this morning, Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers sent a thoughtful message of thoughts and prayers to Jim Kelly. He and the rest of the Packers quarterbacks, including quarterbacks coach and former Bills QB Alex Van Pelt, posed for a photo in front of a #PrayforJK note on a white board during their mini-camp.

A number of other NFL players, teams, and other celebrities have sent well-wishes Kelly’s way, including his personal friend Dennis Haskins, better known as Mr. Belding from Saved by the Bell.

And among the well-wishers were high-profile visitors who lifted Kelly’s spirits during the course of his second bought with cancer. He’s remarked often that whether via twitter, written note or in person, the constant support from friends and strangers alike has helped him find strength and remain Kelly Tough.


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A Billiever for life wins Father’s Day contest

Posted by buffalobills.com on June 15, 2014 – 3:38 pm

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Congratulations to the winner of the Atwal Father’s Day contest, Mike Glorioso who shared his story of his favorite Bills memory with his son.  Mike won an invitation for four to Bills practice where he will meet Coach Marrone and a $1,000 gift certificate from Atwal Eye Care.

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I attended every home game with my son (now 9 years old) but one game really stood out. One drive really. It was the Carolina game and we were down by 6 with under two to go. Carolina had the ball deep in Bills territory.

 Lots of fans in our section were leaving and my son asked why. I said that they don’t think the Bills would pull it off and without hesitation he said “What? We have EJ. We’re going to march down and win.” Well the panthers go on 4th and inches. We stop them and get the ball with a long way to go. From the first play of the drive to the TD he knew this game was ours.

He was right and when they scored we were all jumping up and down, I knew we had a little billiever for life! I don’t think I ever saw him so happy and I loved seeing the raw faith he had in his Bills.

 

Check out some fan submissions in the photo gallery.


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Bills root on Special Olympians

Posted by buffalobills.com on June 9, 2014 – 7:36 pm

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Six Buffalo Bills players and Billy Buffalo visited the University at Buffalo North Campus Friday Night to show their support for Special Olympics New York, which celebrated its third straight year in Buffalo this past weekend.

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Ron Brooks, Mario Butler, Dan Carpenter, Jimmy Gaines, Corey Graham and Colby Way all made their way to the parking lot to greet athletes and their fans, offering high-fives and words of encouragement before parading into Alumni Arena.

Congratulations to all of the athletes at this year’s Special Olympics!


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Jim Kelly’s spirits lifted by celebrity friends

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on June 3, 2014 – 7:49 pm

Jim Kelly’s 28th Celebrity Golf Tournament played host to a number of Kelly’s friends and family this weekend, but was missing a key component, Kelly himself. As the beloved QB continues to recover from a long set of cancer treatments which he finished last week, he wasn’t able to make it to his annual tournament.

So instead, his friends came to him. Kelly was visited by a number of celebrity friends including Chris Berman, Dan Marino, Bill Polian and many more. Kelly’s wife Jill and daughter Erin both commented via social media on his lifted spirits from the laugher and happiness those visitors brought with them to the hospital.

In addition to his celebrity visits, Kelly’s head was shaved this weekend, and in solidarity, his brothers all shaved their heads as well. Looking good, JK!


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Incredible video of Jim Kelly leaving hospital

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on May 28, 2014 – 6:01 pm

As Jim Kelly left the hospital today after his last day of radiation, friends and family lined the sidewalk in recognition of his final cancer treatment. It’s a must-see. Watch above or click here to view.

Choked up, Kelly offered thanks for the friends and family gathered to wish him well and give high-fives.

“Thank you guys. I know I could not have done this without family and friends and you guys have been here since day one,” said Kelly. “I have a long way to go but I know with you people on my team I’ll be here for many many more years and many more parties and gatherings, so thank you.”


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Bills represented at Buffalo Marathon

Posted by buffalobills.com on May 25, 2014 – 4:42 pm

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Over 5,000 people participated in this year’s Buffalo marathon, half marathon, 5k and relay race.  At the finish line, Bills kicker Dan Carpenter and defensive backs Mario Butler and Derek Brim handed out medals to finishers.

Bills fans were everywhere on Sunday and excited to see their favorite team at the finish line.  The Bills outfit of the day goes to this fan that crossed the finish line wearing an Andre Reed jersey, a helmet and holding a football.  Check it out – ­

 

Congratulations to Bills staff and fans that finished the marathon, half marathon or 5k!

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to finish on the field of Ralph Wilson Stadium on Saturday June 28, 2014.  For details on the Fifty Yard Finish half marathon, 5k and 1 mile fun run, click here.


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Jim Kelly done with chemotherapy

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on May 20, 2014 – 3:51 pm

As she hasn’t often had the chance to do in the last few months, Jill Kelly updated the world with an uplifting bit of news on her Instagram account today.

“As of right now, this very moment, Jim is DONE with chemotherapy!”

She noted that he has four radiation treatments to go at ECMC in Buffalo, NY. He received the early part of his radiation and chemotherapy at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City before coming home to Western New York for the remainder of his treatments.

“Keep those prayers coming,” he said a video message earlier this month. “I sure need them. Without you I wouldn’t be able to get through this. God bless you.”


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Mary Wilson accepts UB honor for Ralph

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on May 19, 2014 – 5:24 pm

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The University at Buffalo posthumously honored Ralph Wilson, Jr. with the university’s highest honor, the Chancellor Charles P. Norton Medal, at their 168th general commencement over the weekend.

Mary Wilson accepted the award and addressed the crowd on her late husband’s behalf, speaking on his devotion to the region and the team he loved so dearly.

“Ralph was so passionate about Western New York as well as his beloved Buffalo Bills,” she said. “He truly had a soft spot in his heart for all Western New Yorkers and he loved the region of the City of Buffalo, and so do I.”

The Chancellor Charles P. Norton Medal is presented annually to an individual who “performed some great thing which is identified with Buffalo … a great civic or political act, a great book, a great work of art, a great scientific achievement or any other thing which, in itself, is truly great and ennobling, and which dignifies the performer and Buffalo in the eyes of the world.”

Through the Ralph Wilson Medical Research Foundation and the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation, Wilson established the Buffalo Bills Team Physician’s Fund to support UB’s Department of Sports Medicine among countless other philanthropic acts that will continue to impact WNY and beyond as a part of his enormous legacy.

Channeling Ralph Wilson’s characteristic entrepreneurial spirit, Mary Wilson offered a motivating message to UB’s graduating class to finish her address.

“Ralph would have been so proud of you, graduates, here today, and would have encouraged each and every one of you to go forward from today and be the best you can be regardless of your future profession.”


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Van Miller’s storied career

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on May 18, 2014 – 11:46 am

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The 2014 Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame inductee Van Miller began his career in broadcasting calling high school football games for $7 each. From there through his retirement as the Voice of the Bills, here is a brief timeline of his career:

1955 – Miller came to Buffalo when the WBEN Radio and Television Network offered him a job as a fill-in summer replacement.

July 30, 1960 – He made his debut as the Voice of the Bills calling the first ever Bills game at War Memorial Stadium.

December 26, 1964 – Called the Bills AFL Championship win over the San Diego Chargers.

December 26, 1965 – Called the second Bills AFL Championship win over the San Diego Charrs.

1971-1977 – Miller took a seven-season hiatus to call games for the NBA Buffalo Braves, the only time Bills fans wouldn’t hear his voice on the broadcast until his retirement.

January 3, 1993 – He called the Greatest Comeback Game as the Bills recovered from a 32-point deficit to beat the Houston Oilers in the first round of the playoffs.

1998 – Inducted into the Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

1999 – Inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.

2002 – Inducted into the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame.

2003 – Miller retired as the Voice of the Bills after 37 years calling games for the team.

2004 – The Pro Football Hall of Fame presented Miller with the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award.

2014 – Selected as the 2014 Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame inductee.


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Sammy knows what Jim Kelly means to Buffalo

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on May 17, 2014 – 5:10 pm

After announcing he’ll help at the Jim Kelly Football Camp in July, Sammy Watkins spoke about his quickly-formed relationship with Kelly after meeting him in the hospital earlier this week.

He’s only been a Buffalo Bill for just over a week, but he says he can already tell what Kelly means to the Bills organization and to the city of Buffalo.

“He means a lot. I see that he’s everywhere around here,” Watkins said. “Everybody represents him and he represents the program well. He’s the quarterback of this franchise. He took this team and this franchise to the championship a couple of times. Even though they didn’t win it, he took them there and that’s the biggest point of being a Buffalo Bill.

He added that he’s happy to have formed the bond with Jim through Jim’s nephew and Watkins’ Clemson teammate Chad Kelly, and that he has plenty of time to build on that bond.

“I talked to him when I was there and he just gave me a lot of wisdom and encouragement of being a Buffalo and all the perks of being a Buffalo Bill and I can’t thank him enough.”

 


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Bills fan one trade away from announcing with Andre

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on May 17, 2014 – 3:06 pm

Last Saturday this time, Jordan Schwartz was waking up from what must have been a “did that really happen?” kind of week.

As the winner of Bud Light’s “Up For Whatever” contest – which he won for submitting the video above showing his Bills-outfitted apartment – Schwartz got to announce what was to be the Bills 41st overall pick, their first of the second round on Friday night.

Part of a packed three days of activities, announcing the pick was the highlight of his Bud Light behind-the-scenes draft experience that included a party with Andre Reed and other Bills and NFL alumni, tickets to the first night of the draft and a private tour of MetLife Stadium and Radio City Music Hall.

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“It was a very neat seeing the production of it all, seeing the draft works every step of the way,” Schwartz said. “Bud Light did a really great job making sure everyone was enjoying the whole weekend.”

When it was almost time for his main event on Friday night, Schwartz was understandably nervous. He’d heard the first night of the draft was watched in record numbers, and to be announcing the pick with Andre Reed in front of millions in the television audience? That’s any Bills fan’s most nerve-racking dream come true.

Minutes away from stepping on stage with Reed, the Bills traded their 41st overall pick to St. Louis and moved down three slots. Though arguably the biggest Bills fan in the room, Schwartz was slotted for the 41st pick no matter what, so he announced safety LaMarcus Joyner to the Rams.

“I was nervous all day but right when I got on stage I felt comfortable,” Schwartz said. “I spotted my friends in the crowd and once I saw them I was just enjoying the experience. Once I got up there the nerves went away. It would have been much better if it was the Bills and not the Rams but it was still an awesome experience.”

After he made the announcement, he said Commissioner Goodell told him he did a great job and autographed the draft card he read from, capping off his surreal “Up For Whatever” experience.

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Ralph Wilson Stadium changing colors

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on May 13, 2014 – 5:51 pm

black-tower-rwsAs part of the ongoing Ralph Wilson Stadium renovations, the Ralph is taking on a new shade. Seen above, the towers have been freshened up with a coat of black on the front and white on the sides to fit with the design scheme that will be completed by the start of the 2014 season. Stay tuned to buffalobills.com for much more as the renovations continue to take shape.

For a behind-the-scenes look at the progress, download Bills Touch for FREE at the Apple iTunes StoreWindows App Store, or Google Play Store today. 

 


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‘Quick update’ from Jim Kelly

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on May 2, 2014 – 2:20 pm

As Jim Kelly soldiers on through an intense sinus cancer treatment schedule, his wife Jill continues to post updates like today’s message from Jim – uplifting for many fans waiting to hear more from their favorite QB.

Jim said he’s on deck for his 19th radiation treatment and has already completed two bouts of chemo.

“Keep those prayers coming,” he said in the message. “I sure need them. Without you I wouldn’t be able to get through this. God bless you. Look forward to the Bills draft on May 8th.”

Click here for more on Jim’s plan to stay home in Buffalo after early treatment in New York City.


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Stadium construction update: 4/30

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on April 30, 2014 – 11:47 am

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Construction updatesNov. 12 | Nov. 20 | Dec. 4 | Dec. 19 | Jan. 15 | Jan. 29Feb. 24 | Mar. 7 | Mar. 31

Stadium

• Concrete and joint repairs are continuing in the first 8 rows of the upper deck on the south side, in the red club level seating and in the end zone club level.  This will be followed by an application of a traffic-coating/water-barrier that will give us a better shot at protecting the areas below from water leaks.  Similar work was done last summer on the north side upper deck.
• The broadcast booth (formerly, the press box) at the 50-yard line is taking shape as we construct individual booths for home and visiting coaches, broadcast TV, radio broadcast, clock operators, instant replay and two suites.  All of the windows will be removed next week followed by the installation of new operable windows.
• The top floor of the admin building will house the new video scoreboard control room that was relocated from the old press box and the game day command center booths that were relocated from the roof top of the admin building.  All of the walls are up.  Painting and ceiling grids will be complete by the end of next week.
• Monumental stairs – permanent shoring and protection of the 155’ stadium light towers is in place, the very large excavations are complete and demolition of the stadium wall has begun on the north side.  We expect to break through the wall next week and start forming the foundations for the new stairway.  Demolition of the south side wall will follow in the next few weeks.
• The new 10” diameter stainless steel water main that is hung from the ceiling of the 100 level concourse is now 60% complete.
• Concession stands – food service equipment has been delivered to the site and is being installed.  Wall construction is complete in about 80% of the stands and the new ceramic tiles on the soffits and fascia are complete on about 25% of the stands.
• Certain concession stands on the 300 level were removed and are being rebuilt (together with new restrooms) in new locations on the roofs of the sideline clubs.  The new block work is visible above the Jim Kelly clubs and will be visible by next week above the Van Miller and Paul Maguire clubs.
• We’re starting to install grids on the north side lower concourse for the new linear light systems.
• All of the walls in the writing press box (formerly, the Red Zone Club) are complete.  Fire protection sprinkler work is being installed this week.

Operations Building

• The operations building is complete and the staff has occupied the space.

Commissary Building

• Overhead garage doors at the docks and inside the building have been installed. Dock levelers have been installed at the entrance to the loading docks.
• The concrete sidewalk around the exterior of the building and the remaining 2 concrete stairways will be poured this week.
• There will be a screen assembled on the roof next to hide the mechanical equipment from view.
• The interior is filling in quickly: All partition walls are complete, ceiling grids are 80% complete with lights, fire alarm systems and ceiling grids to follow, floor coverings will be installed in office spaces this week, cabinetry and counters installation will start this week, installation of food service equipment, including freezers, coolers, exhaust hoods, dishwashers, etc. is on-going, concrete bases for site lighting are being set this week and the remaining asphalt in the admin lot will be stripped next week in preparation for final pavement courses.
• Expected completion is June 2014.

Training Center

• The foundation walls for the locker room expansion at the east end and for the weight room expansion at the west end are complete.
• Structural steel erection has begun at both ends and is expected to be complete this week.  Construction of the block exterior walls has begun at the weight room.
• Placement of the structural steel for the cafeteria expansion is also expected to be complete by mid next week.

Site Work

• New entry gates and identification pylons have been quickly popping up.  To date, the skeletons for gates 1, 2, and 3, and pylons at 2 and 3 are up.  Steel for all other gates and pylons are on site and will continue to be erected.
• Earthwork excavation for the new ramp system in the west end has begun and will continue over the next few weeks.

Video Boards

•The main scoreboard in the west end is 95%.  Some elements were tested yesterday and they looked great.
• Framing on the former tri-vision board and on the two new scoreboards in the tunnel end is just about finished.  When crews are finished installing elements in the main (west end) board they will move to the three boards in the tunnel end.

Team Store

• Structural steel assembly is complete and roof deck installation has begun.
• Side walls are going up and exterior block work will start this week.
• Concrete floor slab has been poured.
• Plumbing for the restrooms is ongoing.

General

• In a very short time, we will start painting exterior surfaces.  Watch for a dramatic change to our exterior colors.
• As of today, we have 58 separate contracts issued and just short of 600 men and women working on our project


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Last call to renew season tickets

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on April 28, 2014 – 2:23 pm

Season ticket members – it’s down to the last few hours to renew your membership for the 2014 season before your seats are released. Click here to renew and be a part of the 2014 Buffalo Bills season in the newly renovated Ralph Wilson Stadium!
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