Inside The Bills

Eric Wood supports children through foundation

Posted by Alexandra Vitale on June 9, 2015 – 5:36 pm


During his seven years in Buffalo, Wood feels he has established himself enough to give back to the community. In 2014, he found a way to do so with the creation of “The Eric Wood Foundation.”

On Monday night he hosted a Dinner for a Difference fundraiser at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Buffalo.

For one evening only, Wood and teammates traded uniforms and helmets for aprons as they help serve guests a three-course meal with fine wine and spirits. The night also featured an exciting live and silent auction. Proceeds benefitted his foundation.

For additional information on The Eric Wood Foundation visit the website at

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Jackson, Carpenter visit Lindbergh Elementary

Posted by Alexandra Vitale on May 8, 2015 – 2:13 pm


Today at Lindbergh Elementary School Buffalo Bills players Fred Jackson and Dan Carpenter participated in a special assembly and spoke to students about the importance of staying active. During the visit, Jackson and Carpenter led kids in fitness activities, as part of NFL’s PLAY 60 campaign, helping kids get 60 minutes of exercise a day.

“It was a lot of fun to come and hang out with the kids and try to give them the knowledge we have accumulated throughout the years,” Jackson said.

The Bills, On behalf of the NFL and in partnership with NFL Network and Time Warner Cable, presented KidsPLAY 60 with a $7,500 NFL PLAY 60 grant for health and wellness programming AND equipment.

“Anytime you get to be a part of Play 60 and let them know what it means to the body to get out and play 60 minutes a day weather it’s all at once or breaking it up throughout the day, that’s something that I think as players we relish and enjoy trying to get that message across to the kids.”

During the visit, Jackson and Carpenter also helped students get 60 minutes of exercise during the NFL PLAY 60 Ultimate Physical Education Class, as part of the NFL PLAY 60 youth health and wellness campaign.

“It’s a privilege to send out such an important message to kids who really look up to us,” Carpenter said. “Anything we can do to help is just what we are here to do.”

To celebrate the upcoming NFL season, after-school programs were encouraged to submit their application for the NFL PLAY 60 After-School Kickoff grant, demonstrating their commitment to youth health and wellness by submitting essays on their after-school’s game plan for teaching students the importance of physical education and nutrition.

For more information on NFL PLAY 60 visit or follow NFL PLAY 60 on Facebook at Facebook/NFLPLAY60 or Twitter at @NFLPLAY60.

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Buffalo Niagara Partnership Scramble Event

Posted by on February 25, 2015 – 4:54 pm

If you are looking to network I highly recommend attending an upcoming “Scramble” Event. The Buffalo Niagara Partnership held the first one of the year on Tuesday, February 25,  which is designed to make networking easy.

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As I arrived at the event, I received my nametag which has three numbers on it. The first number on my nametag represented the first table I would be seated at with eight other professionals. We introduced ourselves and talked about what we liked most about our jobs.  One of the many reasons I love being a reporter is I am always able to learn about people and hear their story.  Next, we went to the table marked by the second number on my name tag, and discussed what’s unique about the company we work for.  The third table discussed professional advice.

It was such a pleasure to talk to other driven professionals in the Western New York community. I was able to learn about what others are working on, how and why they got into their line of work, what is the most unique aspect of their jobs, and so much more.

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Plus anytime I get to hang out with my co-workers its a good day. : )

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The Buffalo Bills are proud to be a presenting sponsor of the Scramble Networking Series.  This is the first of three events this year.   The Lunch Event will be Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens from 11:30 a.m. to  2:00 p.m.  The Cocktail Event will take place Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at the Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Register at or call 716.514.1770.

In addition to Scramble Series, the Buffalo Bills is the title sponsor and host for the 2015 HobNob event at Ralph Wilson Stadium.  Click here for more information about that event.


– Alexandra Vitale
Multimedia Reporter


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Fred Jackson and Pat Kaleta team up for PUCCS

Posted by on February 25, 2015 – 3:58 pm

Buffalo Bills Fred Jackson and Buffalo Sabres Pat Kaleta are teaming up for PUCCS (Program for Understanding Childhood Concussion and Stroke).


Here are some of the events taking place this week –

Wednesday, February 25 – 7p-8p

Autograph signing session with Fred Jackson of the Buffalo Bills and Pat Kaleta of the Buffalo Sabres
Tony Walker Center – Shoe Department
5110 Main Street, Williamsville
This is the first time Fred and Pat have done an autograph session together.

Thursday, February 26 – PUCCS Concussion Awareness Night at the Sabres & Text to Donate Campaign
Distribution of PUCCS concussion awareness cards
Fred Jackson, Dr. Elad Levy and Dr. Renee Reynolds will be at First Niagara Center to help promote concussion awareness and risk reduction

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Text to Donate Campaign begins with everyone encouraged to text to donate to PUCCS

Donations will be used to conduct baseline testing clinics in the inner city for student athletes at risk for concussions, and expand the educational outreach of PUCCS.  Anyone texting a donation of $25 or more will be entered into a drawing for some autographed sports memorabilia (including a Jackson jersey and a Kaleta jersey).  Donors just need to text the phrase 1HIT to 41444 and follow the instructions on their phone.


Friday, February 27 – Starpoint Central Health and Wellness Fair – distribution of concussion awareness and risk reduction information to students and faculty


Sunday, March 1 – 10% Event at Tony Walker Center – 12n-5pm

Mention PUCCS at the checkout and shoppers get 10% off their purchase and Tony Walker will make a donation of 10% of your purchase total to PUCCS.


Help support this great cause!  For more information visit

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BENRUS opens retail location in Rochester

Posted by on February 20, 2015 – 2:00 pm

Welcome to the Western New York area, BENRUS!  The new military inspired lifestyle brand just opened their first retail store in the USA right in our backyard.  The Culver Road Armory in Rochester will be the home of upscale shopping experience with a nostalgic touch.

BENRUS is the Official Timepiece of the Buffalo Bills, presenting sponsor of the in-game solider recognition, Best Dressed series and coming in 2015, two large branded clocks at Ralph Wilson Stadium.  For more about the partnership, click here.

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Rex Ryan appearance at Auto Show

Posted by on February 6, 2015 – 3:46 pm

Rex Ryan made an appearance at the Buffalo Auto Show on Thursday.  He greeted Bills fans and signed autographs.


The Auto Show will be celebrating “One Buffalo” all week with various Buffalo sports stars.  Rex appeared with members of the Buffalo Bandits and was outfitted in One Buffalo gear.

Former Buffalo Bills LB Darryl Talley will be signing autographs and greeting fans on Saturday, February 7 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. Commemorative t-shirts, designed by former Buffalo Bills teammate Mike Hamby, will be for sale with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Talley’s battles against depression and other mental illnesses.

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Rex Ryan, Talley, Bennett to attend Auto Show

Posted by on February 4, 2015 – 12:40 pm

This year’s Buffalo Auto Show that takes place at the Buffalo Convention center from February 5 to February 8, 2015 will celebrate One Buffalo and the sports teams that unify our city. The Buffalo Bills will be well represented with various appearances at the event.


Head Coach Rex Ryan will be in attendance Thursday, February 5 from 6 – 7 p.m.

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Former Buffalo Bills LB Darryl Talley will be signing autographs and greeting fans on Saturday, February 7 from 5 – 6:30 p.m.   Commemorative t-shirts to raise money for Darryl Talley will be for sale.  The t-shirt was designed by former Buffalo Bills and teammate Mike Hamby and 100% of the proceeds will go to Talley.

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For more details about the show, visit

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Campbell’s “Tackling Hunger” results

Posted by on January 28, 2015 – 4:35 pm


The Bills and Campbell’s® Chunky soup, along with Tops Friendly Markets announced the results of the “Tackling Hunger with the Buffalo Bills” program for the 2014 season today at a press conference inside the Food Bank of Western New York.  For every tackle the Bills recorded during the 2014 season Campbell’s® Chunky soup donated 20 cans of soup to the food banks to help close the nutrition gap among families need.

With the Bills defense recording over 960 tackles, more than 19,500 cans of soup were donated to the following food banks:

Food Bank of Western New York
Rochester Foodlink
Food Bank of Central New York
Food Bank of the Southern Tier

For more information please visit


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‘Welcome Rex’ pizza is a hit

Posted by John Murphy on January 13, 2015 – 2:42 pm


On Rex Ryan’s first day in Buffalo as the new head coach of the Bills, he was warmly welcomed to the cafeteria at the ADPRO Sports Training Center by a La Nova sheet pizza bearing the words ‘Welcome Rex.’ Rex loved it, and so did the Twitter world, responding with high praise for its creativity as well as questions about whether, in all its colorful glory, the pizza was edible.

We’re pleased to report that the ‘Welcome Rex’ pizza, made by our good friends at La Nova, is completely edible. The words were spelled out in spinach and the red and blue outlines were done with ricotta cheese and food coloring.

Thanks to La Nova Pizzeria for making Rex’s first lunch at One Bills Drive a great one!

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Dareus grants hometown holiday wishes

Posted by John Murphy on January 7, 2015 – 11:10 am

In partnership with the nonprofit Together Assisting People (TAP), Bills DT Marcell Dareus and former Alabama teammate and DB for the Rams Mark Barron filled the Christmas wishlists of 20 families in the Birmingham and Mobile communities.

Dubbed “The Marcell Dareus and Mark Barron Christmas Wish List Holiday Giveback,” contestants were asked to repost a flyer Dareus put on Twitter and Instagram, and write a short message about why they deserved to be a winner. In the end, winners received $500 for Christmas for a total of $10,000 given to hardworking families who deserved a break on Christmas. Since both Dareus and Barron were still mid-season during the holidays, their family members helped deliver the good news and prizes.

“I know what it feels like to go without during this time, so I wanted to make sure to do whatever I could to
lighten the load of families who deserved a break during this time,” said Dareus.

“TAP’s mission is to prepare athletes to be successful in life outside of athletics and this holiday giveback
provided an awesome opportunity for Dareus and Barron to do just that,” said TAP’s founder Chris Rogers.

“This blessing from you all made it possible for my boys to wake up on Christmas morning with a smile on their face that lit up a room. I am truly and forever grateful for being chosen as a recipient for the #MDChristmaswish,” said Ms. Shell, one of the recipients of the prizes.

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Nigel Bradham’s BOSE playlist

Posted by on December 20, 2014 – 10:01 am

This year BOSE, the Official Sound of the Bills, is going to bring insider access to fans by showing fans what songs Bills players listen to on game day.  For 12 weeks during the 2014 season, a different Bills player will be featured in the Player Playlist, presented by BOSE.  For the final installment, it’s Bills LB Nigel Bradham.  Check out the songs Nigel will be listening to on Sunday to get him pumped up before he takes on the Raiders.


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Nike uniform of Week 16

Posted by on December 19, 2014 – 4:00 pm

Each week Nike presents the Uniform of the Week where you’ll see a photo of the combination your Buffalo Bills will be wearing on the field.

The uniform combo for the Week 16 game between the Buffalo Bills and the Oakland Raiders will be the team’s white jerseys on royal pants. Shop for your own Nike jersey by clicking here


Here are the Bills uniform combinations in 2014:

Week 1 at Chicago Bears: White / White

Week 2 vs. Miami Dolphins: Throwback White / White

Week 3 vs. San Diego Chargers: Blue / White

Week 4 at Houston Texans: White / White

Week 5 at Detroit Lions: White / Blue

Week 6 vs. New England Patriots: Blue / White

Week 7 vs. Minnesota Vikings: White / White

Week 8 at New York Jets: White / Blue

Week 9 bye

Week 10 vs. Kansas City Chiefs: Blue / White

Week 11 at Miami Dolphins: White / Blue

Week 12 vs. New York Jets: Blue / White

Week 13 vs. Cleveland Browns: Blue / White

Week 14 at Denver Broncos: White / White

Week 15 vs. Green Bay Packers: Blue / Blue

Week 16 at Oakland Raiders: White / Blue

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Forbidden love at Ralph Wilson Stadium

Posted by John Murphy on December 19, 2014 – 11:19 am

forbidden-love-blogWhen Jordan Eliason bought two tickets to last Sunday’s Bills-Packers game at Ralph Wilson Stadium, he never thought it would cap off the biggest few days of his life.

He thought taking his then-girlfriend Michelle to watch her Bills at home against his beloved Packers would highlight a fun December weekend, celebrating a friendly rivalry within their relationship.

But shortly after that ticket purchase, he proposed to Michelle and when they set the date for 12/13/14, the day before the game, he knew just how great that weekend would really be.

“When we realized it would be the day after our wedding, I said to Michelle, ‘Would you mind if we postponed our honeymoon trip a few days so we can go to a football game?’ She said yes,” recalled Jordan, laughing.

To put the exclamation point on the cold, loud, exciting part one to their honeymoon at Ralph Wilson Stadium – before a relaxing, sunny party two – Jordan had special jerseys made for the occasion. His, a Packers jersey, said “Forbidden” on the nameplate bearing number 12 for the month of December, and hers, a Bills jersey, said “Love” with the number 13 for the day they were married.

“People were coming up to take pictures of the backs of our jerseys. It was great,” he said.

In their first competition of marriage, Michelle’s Bills came through for her, possibly as a sign of things to come. But no matter the outcome of the game, “Forbidden Love” is a memory both will cherish forever.


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First ever PPK Championship Weekend a success

Posted by John Murphy on December 18, 2014 – 4:48 pm


The Buffalo Bills hosted their first ever Punt, Pass and Kick Team Championship Weekend as NFL PPK winners from three local sectional competitions vied for the Bills Team Championship at the ADPRO Sports Training Center on Saturday, December 13th.  After the competition, the participants had the opportunity to meet Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso and received a picture and autograph, followed by lunch in the Bills cafeteria with their families.


The forty Team Championship participants were invited to the Bills-Packers game the following day to form Stampede Row as Bills players took the field and received Bills Play 60 Jerseys, Bills Nike Vapor Football Gloves and New Era winter hats.  After Stampede Row, the participants watched the game with their family and the winners from each age group received on-field recognition during the second quarter.

Congratulations to the Team Championship participants and our winners!

Girls 6-7 Boys 6-7
Magdalena Parish – West Valley, N.Y. Drew Williamee – Canandaigua, N.Y.
Alaina Burdick – Canisteo, N.Y. Liam Davis – Malone, N.Y.
Hannah Michalek – East Aurora, N.Y. Manning Splain – Duke Center, PA
Selena Maldonado Brady Wiscup – Holland, N.Y.
Girls 8-9 Boys 8-9
Autumn Millington – Westmoreland, N.Y. Ryan Krzyzanowski – Westmoreland, N.Y.
Teagan Kosinski – Olean, N.Y. Alek Reynolds – Williamson, N.Y.
Isabella Pucci – Fairport, N.Y. Braydon Hummel – North Tonawanda, N.Y.
Wriana Hudson Amari Jones – Albion, N.Y.
Girls 10-11 Boys 10-11
Kennedy Case – West Leyden, N.Y. Rudy Warren – Tonawanda, N.Y.
Laura Cohn – Kenmore, N.Y. Jonathan Starling – Baldwinsville, N.Y.
Haley Bly – Rochester, N.Y. Connor Williams – Victor, N.Y.
Hannah Walker – Sayre, Penn. Cole Harrington – Lockport, N.Y.
Girls 12-13 Boys 12-13
Natalie McCormick – Ogdensburg, N.Y. Dominic Geracitano – Niagara Falls, N.Y.
Megan McCraith – Clarence, N.Y. CJ Williams – Victor, N.Y.
Melissa MacCowan – Bergen, N.Y. Nathan Moore – Albion, N.Y.
Caitlin Gonter – Boston, N.Y. Brandon Smathers – Miami, Fla.
Girls 14-15 Boys 14-15
Erin Geibel – Hornell, N.Y. Trevor Henneman – Painted Post, N.Y.
Breanna Chapman – Baldwinsville, N.Y. Gordon Wang – Williamson, N.Y.
Hailey Hubbard – Bergen, N.Y. Connor Fenlong – Gouverneur, N.Y.
Samantha Fovel – Rochester, N.Y. Casey Kelly – Niagara Falls, N.Y.

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Longtime Bills gameday staff member retires

Posted by John Murphy on December 17, 2014 – 5:50 pm


Before Sunday’s home game against the Green Bay Packers, the Bills honored Erie County Emergency Services Deputy Commissioner John Adolf for 16 years of dedicated service to the Bills organization and its fans. Adolf coordinates emergency medical services at the Erie County-owned Ralph Wilson Stadium, and Sunday was his last official game serving in that capacity. Bills Vice President Andy Major and Senior Director of Security Christopher Clark presented Adolf with an official Buffalo Bills helmet signed by all of the public safety partners who staff the stadium command center managing game day operations. Adolf is set to retire December 29, 2014 after 32 years of service to Erie County.

On behalf of all Bills fans and the entire Bills organization, we thank Adolf for his longtime service to our community.

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Five Bills to sign autographs for a cause Wed.

Posted by John Murphy on December 16, 2014 – 5:07 pm


Want to meet some of your favorite Bills players for a good cause?

Bills CB Corey Graham, RB Fred Jackson, S Aaron Williams, RB C.J. Spiller and DE Jerry Hughes will be signing autographs at the New Era Flagship Store at 160 Delaware Avenue on Wednesday, December 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

With a $25 donation to benefit Kids Escaping Drugs, fans will receive the Limited Edition Bills poster pictured above and one autograph from each player. Players can autograph the poster or a personal item, and there is no limit to how many wristbands an individual can purchase. Wristband sales begin at 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

We’ll see you there, Bills fans!

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First Section V Coach of the Year announced

Posted by John Murphy on December 15, 2014 – 4:53 pm

The Bills and New York National Guard Coach of the Week program has been a weekly staple of the high school football season on, and this year grew to include Section V. In the inaugural year of the program’s exciting expansion, Dan Fichter of West Irondequoit High School took home the Coach of the Year award. Fichter was honored on the field before Sunday’s Bills-Packers game, along with Section VI Coach of the Year winner Tom Langworthy of Jamestown High School, and each of the Coach of the Week winners from both Sections V and VI.

In addition to the recognition online and on-field, each 2014 Coach of the Week winner received a $1,000 grant for their football programs from the Bills and the New York National Guard, a certificate signed by Bills President Russ Brandon, General Manager Doug Whaley, and Head Coach Doug Marrone recognizing their accomplishment and a Bills hat. The High School Coach of the Year winners each received an additional $1,000 grant for their football program.

Congratulations to all of the Coach of the Week winners this year, as well as Coach Fichter and Coach Langworthy for their Coach of the Year honors!

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BENRUS Best Dressed Week 15

Posted by on December 14, 2014 – 11:37 am


As the winner of BEST DRESSED, Robert Woods will receive a BENRUS J1 Messenger Bag, perfect holiday gifts! Follow @benrususa and use the hashtag #HolidayswithBENRUS for a chance to win some of the latest gear. BENRUS watches, sunglasses, duffle bags and backpacks are available for purchase at

BENRUS, LLC was founded as a watch company in 1921. For over four decades, it manufactured legendary timepieces for the U.S. military. Giovanni Feroce, internationally recognized as one of today’s most successful American CEOs, is building BENRUS into a multi-billion dollar, military-inspired lifestyle brand. Mr. Feroce currently serves as CEO and Chairman of BENRUS, LLC.

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Corey Graham’s BOSE playlist

Posted by on December 13, 2014 – 12:47 pm

This year BOSE, the Official Sound of the Bills, is going to bring insider access to fans by showing fans what songs Bills players listen to on game day.  For 12 weeks during the 2014 season, a different Bills player will be featured in the Player Playlist, presented by BOSE.  For this week, it’s Bills CB Corey Graham.  Check out the songs Corey will be listening to on Sunday to get him pumped up before he takes on the Packers.


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Builder of Ralph Wilson Stadium LEGO replica passes

Posted by John Murphy on December 12, 2014 – 4:32 pm

Dedicated Bills fan and longtime season ticket member Bob Hall passed away this week at the age of 58.

There was no greater exhibition of his incredible Bills fandom than the 20-foot long LEGO replica of Ralph Wilson Stadium he built over a 5-year period, profiled in this video.

“I am incredibly passionate about the Bills and I took the same approach with the stadium,” said Hall at the time. “Why not build the stadium so that every time I come down to the basement I feel like I’m at that wonderful place?”

Many Bills fans are dedicated, but Hall will forever be remembered by those who knew him best for going above and beyond in his support of the team.

“There’s nothing better than a Bills fan and Western New Yorkers,” he said. “I thought I could do this, and show all of the other NFL fans what being a Buffalo Bills fan is all about.”

Check out this photo gallery of Hall’s Ralph Wilson Stadium LEGO replica, and read more here.


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