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Kelly’s plans change: spending Easter in NYC

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on April 17, 2014 – 2:22 pm

Shortly after his brother Dan shared the news that Jim Kelly planned to return to Buffalo to spend Easter with his family, his wife Jill tweeted that Jim won’t be able to make it home after all.

He had planned to spend the weekend in Buffalo before returning to Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City for treatment.

Jim completed his first round of chemo on April 8th and is set for more chemo, radiation and potentially surgery, according to the hospital.

Jill has been active in her updates on Jim’s condition on social media and put this photo of the two of them on Instagram last night, thanking the community for the overwhelming support and their #PrayersForJK.

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Ruben Brown tackles concussion awareness

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on April 16, 2014 – 5:28 pm

Former Buffalo Bills guard and nine-time Pro Bowler Ruben Brown appeared on the John Murphy Show Wednesday night to discuss is new found role as an impact voice in the Heads Up Football initiative – a comprehensive youth football membership program developed by USA Football and supported by the NFL to further strengthen youth player safety.

Brown now serves as a Heads Up Football Master Trainer, hosting events in his home state of Virginia and in the Buffalo area. He teaches youth football coaches throughout the region proper tackling techniques, equipment fitting, concussion awareness and heat and hydration information that they then pass on to their players.

“The main focus on the techniques in the program is trying to tell kids not to use their heads to tackle,” Brown said. “Your head should always be up so you can see where you’re going. When your head is down the only thing you can see are your feet or your opponent’s feet, and you’re in a vulnerable position with your head down. The crown of your head is exposed, and that’s the most vital part on your body when you’re playing a collision sport.”

Brown’s new role will allow him to have a significant impact on the development of youth football in his hometown and the way coaches deliver the Heads Up message.

“We want to encourage all the coaches that are in football to join this because the NFL, USA Football, the NCAA, professional trainers, athletic trainers – everyone has come together to bring a consensus on the practices of teaching young kids how to be involved in football from tackling to hydrating, what to eat, how to prepare, what you’re doing before you put pads on,” Brown said. “There’s a lot of training steps that they want to get out to the public so we can have our players play the game safer.”


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T.J. Graham plays Xbox at Microsoft Store

Posted by buffalobills.com on April 13, 2014 – 7:09 pm

Bills WR T.J. Graham made an appearance at the Microsoft Store to sign autographs, pose for pictures and play Xbox Kinect Sports Rivals.  The motion detection technology is “pretty cool” says Graham. “It’s hands free so you mimic your natural movements while playing the game.”

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Over 100 Bills fans showed up to meet T.J. and check out the new game before it’s released in December 2014.

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T.J. competed against challengers in bowling, rock climbing and more but his favorite game was Tennis. “I play tennis and it was a very accurate simulation of actual tennis.”

For more info on the game, click here.


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Bills featured in Draft Day movie

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on April 11, 2014 – 5:37 pm

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Without spoiling the plot, the Bills got some screen time in the new movie Draft Day as a potential trade partner for the Browns.

The scene features Bills CEO and President Russ Brandon in an office taking a call from Kevin Costner, the General Manager of the Browns. It was Russ Brandon’s acting debut, but he didn’t have to do much ‘acting’ as he played himself as the Bills President and CEO.

Bills wide receiver Ramses Barden also made the cut. He’s one of the players in the green room on the day of the Draft, and he talks more about his first acting opportunity here.

The movie hits theaters today, and last night the Bills celebrated with a special premiere for Bills club seat members and team personnel including Offensive Coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, pictured above and in this gallery of the evening.

Check out more in this behind-the-scenes look on the NFL’s involvement in the film:

 

 


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Brandon honored by Canisius College

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on April 10, 2014 – 2:20 pm

The Canisius College Board of Regents has announced it will honor Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon with its 2014 Distinguished Citizen Achievement Award. Brandon will be presented with the award at the 48th annual Scholarship Ball on Saturday May 3 at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Buffalo.

The Distinguished Citizen Achievement Award is given to recognize an individual for his/her contributions to the civic, cultural and/or economic well-being of the Western New York region. The Regents Scholarship Ball is the principal fundraiser for the Canisius College Board of Regents Scholarship Fund, which provides financial support to promising students who otherwise would not be able to afford a to go to school at Canisius.


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Chad Michael Murray supports Jim Kelly

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on April 2, 2014 – 3:15 pm

TV and movie star Chad Michael Murray isn’t shy about his Bills fandom. The Clarence native returns home for games at Ralph Wilson Stadium each fall and is active in his Bills commentary on social media, including this Instagram of Bills throwback-themed artwork he painted earlier this month.

He’s said that his childhood hero was Jim Kelly, and last Friday Murray held a screening of his latest movie “Caveman” at the Eastern Hills Mall with 50 percent of the proceeds to benefit Kelly’s Hunter’s Hope Foundation.

“It’s my hometown, born and raised. I love Buffalo. Anytime I can give back to the community, I’m here. It’s the first time I’ve ever done a screening here and the ironic part is it’s actually at the theater I used to work at, so it’s really cool to be back here,” he told Time Warner Cable.


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Stadium construction update: 3/31

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on March 31, 2014 – 11:26 am

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

Stadium
• The southeast corner of the lower concourse between sections 124 and 126 remains impassable to foot traffic as the foundations for the new video board above the Red Zone Club are under construction.
• New concrete block exterior walls and framed interior walls are going up quickly in the 100-level concession stands and rest rooms.
• Demolition of the press box is complete as we prepare to construct booths for coaches, broadcast TV, radio broadcast, clock operators, instant replay and two super-suites. Utility rough-in is progressing in this area.
• Demolition of the first floor of the Admin Building is complete including the removal of the block exterior walls.  The top floor of the admin building is taking shape with wall framing and extensive utility work that is necessary for the relocation of the scoreboard control room.  This area will house all of the equipment necessary to control the operation of the 4 video boards inside the stadium and the 6 video boards that will be in the pylon structures outside of each entry gate.
• Permanent shoring and protection of the 155’ stadium light towers will take place next week in preparation for the removal of the exterior concrete walls on the north and south side 50-yard lines.  All of this is necessary for the construction of the new monumental stairs.
• A new 10” diameter stainless steel water main is being installed in the ceiling area of the 100-level concourse.  This will replace the 40-year old water main that presently exists under the concourse floor.

Commissary Building
• Work continues on the installation of metal wall and roof panels.
• The interior work is progressing very quickly.  Interior block walls and partitions are going up at a remarkable pace.
• The mechanical, electrical and plumbing components for the food service equipment are 60% complete.  Food service equipment has been delivered and is in storage for installation in April.
• Fire alarms and sprinkler systems are 50% complete.
• Expected completion is June 2014.

Training Center
• Locker room demolition is complete.
• The foundation walls for the locker room expansion are 50% complete in the east end and 90% complete in the west end.
• Water service will be interrupted in the training center on 3/29 from 7am till 5pm as we switch service entry points from old to new.
• All of the structural steel work in the weight room and pool area is finished.  This was necessary to support the cafeteria expansion above those areas.

Site Work
• Foundations for the new entry gates, identification pylons and perimeter fence are 75% complete.
• National Fuel and Time Warner Cable each have completed their relocations of our incoming service lines.  This was necessary to accommodate the construction of the new team Store.
• Earthwork excavations for the new ramp system in the west end will begin around 4/4.

Video Boards
• The main scoreboard in the west end is being prepared to accept its new video elements.  The new video display will be 33’x163’.
• The old tri-vision board on the roof of the admin building has been demolished to the point where it is ready to accept the video elements from the main scoreboard in the west end.  The new video display will be 14’x190’.
• Foundation work for the new video boards in the east end continues.  The new video boards will be situated above the M&T Bank Club and the Time Warner Club. Each display board will be 33’x60’.

Team Store
• Structural steel assembly is well under way and expected to complete middle of next week.
• Concrete floor slab will be poured around 4/8.


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RWS renovation by the numbers

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on March 31, 2014 – 1:00 am

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With LP Ciminelli managing construction and Populous as the architect with local engineering and architectural firms assisting, here are some of the working numbers from inside the Ralph Wilson Stadium renovations:

350 men and women on site
59 contracts
Cable – over 3,000,000 linear feet
Kitchen Equipment - 42 tractor trailer loads
Demolition debris – over 1000 large truck loads
Steel – over 5,000,000 lbs. (or over 16,000 offensive linemen weighing 300 lbs each!)
Concrete - 10,000 cubic yards
Stone Fill - 50,000 cubic yardds

 


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Billy Buffalo and Jills at Variety Club Telethon

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on March 30, 2014 – 7:00 am

Tune in today from 7 am to 7 pm on WKBW-TV, channel 7 in Buffalo, for the 52nd annual Variety Club Telethon. Special appearances will be made throughout the day by Billy Buffalo and members of the Buffalo Jills!

Call in today during the telethon, broadcast live from Downtown Buffalo, to support the Variety Club, or donate online now right here.

“Variety - The Children’s Charity of Buffalo & Western New York” is known for its support of the Robert Warner M.D. Center for Children with Special Needs and the Women’s and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. Your donation today will support The Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation of the Variety Club of Buffalo, Inc.


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Moats honored at Ed Block Award ceremony

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on March 18, 2014 – 11:17 am

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After being named the Bills 2013 Ed Block Courage Award recipient in December, Arthur Moats and his fellow award winners representing each NFL team were honored Monday night in Baltimore.

The Ed Block Courage Award is presented to a standout player who exemplifies a commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage. The recipient symbolizes professionalism, great strength, dedication and serves as a community role model for others.

Moats recovered from sports hernia surgery in the 2013 offseason, and went on to start in a career-best 12 games in 2013 as an inside linebacker. Off-the-field, he is the consummate player philanthropist. He was named the 2013 Bills Walter Payton Man of the Year as well, for both his on- and off-the-field efforts.

Past Bills recipients of the Ed Block Courage Award are listed here.


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Boat Show at Healthy Zone Fieldhouse

Posted by buffalobills.com on February 26, 2014 – 3:12 pm

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Summer and boating season are right around the corner, so head to the Buffalo Bills Healthy Zone Fieldhouse Wednesday through Sunday and discover what the WNY Boat Show has to offer in the way of summer fun!

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There are 12 boat dealers, 50 vendors and new this year is the Closeout Marketplace featuring over 100 preowned and noncurrent boats at bargain rates. Cruisers, runabouts, fishing boats, pontoons and so much more.

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See you there! For more information visit buffaloboating.com and like the WNY Boat Show on Facebook.


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Fred pranks Aaron Williams with hot wing

Posted by buffalobills.com on February 18, 2014 – 2:29 pm

During the Visa #MyFootballFantasy chicken wing eating contest Fred Jackson and Aaron Williams decided to compete one-on-one to see who could finish a plate piled high with chicken wings first.

Without Aaron knowing, Fred asked the Duff’s staff, who provided the wings for the competition, to bring over two different types of wings. Fred had them bring a ‘medium’ wing for him, and a wing doused in Duff’s fiery ‘Death Sauce’ for Aaron.

Watch what happens:

As every Buffalonian knows, you don’t mess with Duff’s ‘Death Sauce’ wings. There was no shortage of them in the Bills Healthy Zone Fieldhouse on the day of the competition. Duff’s supplied over 3,000 wings for this event!

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Electric Company reunites

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on February 12, 2014 – 2:23 pm

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The most famous offensive line in Bills history reunited for the first time in over ten years at the 2014 Buffalo Auto Show. The Electric Company met up with other local alumni at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Buffalo last Saturday to share memories and laughs over the favorite Bills memories from their glory days in the mid-70s.

Paul Stasiak, President of the Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association made special arrangements for the Electric Company to meet up with several local Bills alumni and fans attending the show.

Pictured  are Front Row (l to r);  Will Fowler,  J.D. Hill, Lou Piccone, and Ed Rutkowski. Back Row( l to r)  Bob Dugan, Al Bemiller, Mike Montler, Reggie McKenzie, Donnie Green, Joe DeLamielleure, Jeff Nixon, Paul Seymour and Joe Ferguson. 


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EJ Manuel coaches Panini clinic

Posted by buffalobills.com on February 12, 2014 – 10:39 am

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EJ Manuel along with other NFL Players helped coach 150 young athletes at the 7th Annual Panini Pop Warner Skills Clinic in New York City.  Other NFL players included NY Giants Jason Pierre-Paul, Jaguars Denard Robinson, and Falcons Harry Douglas.

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The Pop Warner football players participated in drills, learned proper hitting techniques and caught passes from EJ Manuel himself.

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For more details and photos on the event, click here.

Photo credit: Panini America


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Bills in the thick of big competition

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on January 30, 2014 – 4:47 pm

unitedway-moats-instaIt’s the big game weekend in New York City, but it’s also championship weekend in the United Way NFL Playoff Challenge, and Arthur Moats needs Bills fans to push him through the finish. SIGN UP NOW and read on to find out why he’s depending on YOU to do a great thing for the Western New York community.

Moats is in a head-to-head battle against Cliff Avril of the Seattle Seahawks not only for pride, but for a $10,000 grant that will go to the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County.

“We’re just trying to get as many volunteers to go out to their local United Way to be mentors,” said Moats on the John Murphy Show. “It’s been an honor and a privilege to be in the top two and the entire community of Buffalo has been great as far as showing me support for the whole cause.”

The more volunteers that sign up at buffalobills.com/unitedway by this Sunday, the closer Arthur will be to bringing the grant home to Buffalo and recruiting mentors for children around the country. You don’t need to be a Western New Yorker to sign up, so PLEDGE TODAY!

“Buffalo has the best fans, hands down, so let’s show head-to-head against Seattle that we have the best fans and they’re also the best at improving the community,” Moats said. “If you haven’t voted yet, you should get on board.”


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Visa #MyFootballFantasy Wing Eating Contest

Posted by buffalobills.com on January 29, 2014 – 7:12 pm

Mike from Irondequoit, NY told Visa it was his #MyFootballFantasy to have a chicken wing eating contest with the Bills. This was a wish Visa granted.

The contest was held in the Bills Healthy Zone Fieldhouse on Saturday, January 11th, where Mike and 100 of his closest family and friends gathered for a once in a lifetime experience. Mike competed against Buffalo Bills players Cordy Glenn, Kraig Urbik, Doug Legursky, Fred Jackson, Aaron Williams, and Brian Moorman in the wing eating contest, which was emceed by Bills great Jim Kelly.

The contest consisted of  several rounds, including a speed competition to see who eat the most wings in one minute. Mike also selected several “wingmen” from the audience for a team relay against the Bills to see which team could eat 10 wings the fastest.

Mike was the overall winner of the competition.

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Bills OL Kraig Urbik packed away the most wings.

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Surprisingly, the Bills 174-pound punter Brian Moorman was a true competitor and finished just behind the 324-pound Urbik.

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To see more photos of the contest click here!


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Volunteer with Arthur Moats

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on January 16, 2014 – 10:13 am

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As the 2013 Bills Walter Payton Man of the Year  recipient for his consummate volunteerism, Arthur Moats wants YOU to join him in his efforts to better the communities we live in. He’s part of the United Way TEAM NFL Playoff Challenge – a contest between one member of each NFL team to recruit the most volunteers by the Super Bowl. Their goal is to recruit 99,000 volunteers across the country to “win where it matters most – in the classroom.” The winning player will receive a $10,000 for his local United Way.

Right now Moats is in third place league-wide (but not by much!) so VOLUNTEER TODAY to boost him to the top of the list.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER and make the Bills and Moats proud. Let’s bring that grant to Buffalo!


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TBT: Gilmore’s hometown a hotbed of NFL talent

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on December 26, 2013 – 2:36 pm

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When you’re from a small town that’s produced over 20 NFL players, many of whom are household names, it’s not such a shock when you too make it to the big leagues. Stephon Gilmore’s hometown of Rock Hill, S.C. is also home to former Bills Ko Simpson and Jeff Burris, current Bill Jonathan Meeks, and many other NFL players, and Stephon says he owes some of his inspiration to his hometown’s winning traditions.

“I’ve always wanted to be the person who made it and come back and tell the kids how you made it and what it takes to get there,” he said. “Growing up in a small town, we grew up playing football all the time. It’s good when people that already made it come back and show us the ropes and teach us how to play football.”

He said knowing that guys who were brought up in the same setting as him helped him to realize it how great his opportunity was to become a professional football player. And now, he goes back often to let the next crop of Rock Hill’s NFL greats know that they’re next.

“I go back all the time to talk to the elementary and middle school kids,” he said. “A lot of people don’t know what it actually takes to get there. It’s not easy and I try to tell them that, to show my face and let them know that they can make it too.”


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Pepsi & Tops give fans exclusive experience

Posted by Hannah Buehler on December 24, 2013 – 2:32 pm

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Pepsi and Tops Friendly Markets gave Bills fans an exclusive NFL experience at One Bills Drive on Tuesday, December 3.  Fans entered on buffalobills.com for the once in a lifetime opportunity to “Meet Stevie Johnson”.  Out of over 1,000 online entries, 50 lucky winners  were invited to a unique meet and greet with Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson.  Guests were treated to lunch, an exclusive behind-the-scenes stadium and locker room tour (conducted by Stevie himself) as well as autograph and photo opportunities.


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Help baby NYC Bills Backer’s cancer fight

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on December 23, 2013 – 5:03 pm

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The Bills Backers of New York City is among the best Backers chapters in the country, with hundreds of transplanted Bills fans packing both McFadden’s and Calico Jack’s in Midtown Manhattan each gameday. Their incredible organization and participation are much a testament to their co-founders and presidents, Matt Kabel and Matt Soreco.

Kabel’s daughter Sally was diagnosed with Leukemia when she was 10 months old, and is in the midst of a two year journey through difficult treatments. On the Sweet Sally Sunshine blog, Kabel shares updates on her progress and describes Sally as a “beautiful, spunky, always smiling and most of all TOUGH little daughter” who’s remained upbeat along with her family through this bump in her life’s journey.

“I’m sure I can speak for Matt Kabel when I say that the outpouring of support from Bills Nation has been tremendous,” said Soreco. “It shows that we are not only bonded by the team we never cease to root for, but also by genuine love and compassion.”

Kabel, Soreco and all of the Backers in New York City continuously give so much to the Bills organization and to our cherished community of dedicated fans away from home, and we want to give back to the Kabel family on their road through Sally’s treatment.

Click here to read Kabel’s Sweet Sally Sunshine blog and learn more about her story and how to help.

Click here to bid on items the Bills organization has donated to support the Kabel family through Sally’s fight.


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