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Bills & ECMC tackle breast cancer

Posted by Kelly Baker on October 19, 2017 – 10:40 am

This week, the Buffalo Bills and ECMC have teamed up to intercept cancer in recognition of the NFL’s Crucial Catch Campaign, by creating several events that seek to generate awareness and increase cancer prevention. On Wednesday, Oct. 18, the focus was breast cancer. To support the cause, the ECMC Mammography Coach was on-site at Dunn Tire in Olean to provide free breast cancer screenings.

Throughout the day, members of the community took a proactive approach to their health by stopping by to receive a screening.

For more information on how the Bills and ECMC are making a difference this week, please visit here.


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Bills & ADPRO Sports HS Coach of the Week

Posted by Kelly Baker on October 17, 2017 – 8:24 pm

The Buffalo Bills are once again proudly partnering with ADPRO Sports in 2017, to recognize some of the best high school football coaches Western New York has to offer, through the High School Coach of the Week program. Throughout the 2017 high school football season, the Bills and ADPRO Sports will recognize 11 coaches from both the Buffalo and Rochester regions on buffalobills.com. The winners will be selected by a committee of high school football experts from each region.

The Buffalo Region Coach of the Week winner for Week 7 of the 2017 season is Mike Fatta, head coach of the Cheektowaga Warriors. On Friday, Oct. 13, Cheektowaga took on rival Maryvale on the road for the team’s last regular season game. Coming into the contest, the Warriors were ranked 12th in New York State, behind 8th place and undefeated Maryvale. Led by junior quarterback KeShone Beal, who scored each of the team’s four touchdowns, the Warriors served the Flyers their only loss of the season. With the 28-21 victory, Cheektowaga won the Class B-1 Division title – the team’s seventh straight. Next up, the Warriors will take on Newfane.

The Rochester Region Coach of the Week winner for Week 7 is Dennis Greco, head coach of the East Rochester-Gananda Bombers. Greco, who has coached at East Rochester for 25 seasons, led the Bombers to a 34-14 win over Penn Yan. East Rochester-Gananda came out strong in the game’s first half, scoring 19 unanswered points. Running back Jayden Castrechini paved the way for the Bombers on the ground, putting up 332 yards rushing on 32 carries for two touchdowns. A threat on defense as well, Castrechini pulled in two interceptions. With the win, the Bombers solidified the Finger Lakes East Championship title and will enter the Class C playoffs as the top ranked seed.

Check back on Buffalobills.com each week for the announcement of the Coach of the Week winners and tune in to the John Murphy show each Tuesday afternoon to hear the winners announced on the show. Good luck to all of the high school football coaches this season from the Buffalo Bills and ADPRO Sports!


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Bills & ADPRO Sports HS Coach of the Week

Posted by Kelly Baker on October 10, 2017 – 2:02 pm

The Buffalo Bills are once again proudly partnering with ADPRO Sports in 2017, to recognize some of the best high school football coaches Western New York has to offer, through the High School Coach of the Week program. Throughout the 2017 high school football season, the Bills and ADPRO Sports will recognize 11 coaches from both the Buffalo and Rochester regions on buffalobills.com. The winners will be selected by a committee of high school football experts from each region.

The Buffalo Region Coach of the Week winner for Week 6 of the 2017 season is Tim Delaney, head coach of the South Park Sparks. On Friday, Oct. 6, undefeated South Park took on the West Seneca East Trojans on the road. Although they were down 21-0 at the half, the Sparks never gave up. By the third quarter, momentum had started to swing in South Park’s direction. Senior Shyquan Brodie helped lead the way for the Sparks when he intercepted a West Seneca East pass, which set South Park up for a scoring drive. The defense came up big again when they held the Trojans to a three-and-out. South Park junior Elijah Lewis blocked the Trojans’ punt, resulting in the Sparks recovering the ball in the end zone for another score. Holding West Seneca East to a scoreless second half, the Sparks finished the game on top 36-21 – the biggest South Park comeback victory in over 30 years. With the win, South Park remains perfect at 6-0. The Sparks’ next matchup will take place on Friday, Oct. 13 against Lake Shore.

The Rochester Region Coach of the Week winner for Week 6 is Nick DerCola, head coach of the Clyde-Savannah Golden Eagles. Taking on Finney on the road, the undefeated Golden Eagles found themselves in a close game through the first half. Coming out strong on their first drive of the third quarter, Clyde-Savannah scored to extend their lead. Golden Eagles freshman Camden Chance came away with a 91-yard interception for a touchdown to put Clyde-Savannah up 35-20. Chance’s older brother and teammate Derrick Chance, helped the Golden Eagles on offense when he pulled in a 35-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Dru Carnavale. Clyde-Savannah went on to defeat Finney 49-28, advancing to 6-0 on the season. Next up, the Golden Eagles will face conference opponent Sodus/Lyons on Friday, Oct. 13 at home.

Check back on Buffalobills.com each week for the announcement of the Coach of the Week winners and tune in to the John Murphy show each Tuesday afternoon to hear the winners announced on the show. Good luck to all of the high school football coaches this season from the Buffalo Bills and ADPRO Sports!

 

 


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Bills & ADPRO Sports HS Coach of the Week

Posted by Kelly Baker on October 3, 2017 – 6:56 pm

The Buffalo Bills are once again proudly partnering with ADPRO Sports in 2017, to recognize some of the best high school football coaches Western New York has to offer, through the High School Coach of the Week program. Throughout the 2017 high school football season, the Bills and ADPRO Sports will recognize 11 coaches from both the Buffalo and Rochester regions on buffalobills.com. The winners will be selected by a committee of high school football experts from each region.

The Buffalo Region Coach of the Week winner for Week 5 of the 2017 season is Dean Santorio, head coach of the Grand Island Vikings. The longtime head coach, led the Vikings to a 33-7 victory over Starpoint on Friday, Sept. 29 at home. Coming into the contest, the Vikings were 3-1 and Starpoint was undefeated at 4-0. Considered an underdog in the matchup, Grand Island put on quite a performance. Propelling the Vikings’ offense was senior running back Thomas Cecere, who finished the game with 33 carries for 203 yards and three touchdowns. Cecere also made an impact on defense, returning an interception for 65 yards and a score. With the win, the Vikings have advanced to 4-1 on the season and will take on Sweet Home on the road on Friday, Oct. 6.

The Rochester Region Coach of the Week winner for Week 5 is Dan Fichter, head coach of the Irondequoit Eagles. The undefeated Eagles faced Brockport on the road on Friday, Sept. 29. Staring down a 7-0 deficit at halftime, the Eagles came out ready to score in the third quarter. Led by junior quarterback Freddie June, who put together an impressive 78-yard touchdown run, Irondequoit evened the score. The Eagles put the game away in the final quarter, when senior running back Will Porter found the end zone for a five-yard touchdown. Winning 14-7, the Eagles are now 5-0. Irondequoit will host Greece Athena on Friday, Oct. 7.

Check back on Buffalobills.com each week for the announcement of the Coach of the Week winners and tune in to the John Murphy show each Tuesday afternoon to hear the winners announced on the show. Good luck to all of the high school football coaches this season from the Buffalo Bills and ADPRO Sports!

 

 

 


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Bills & ADPRO Sports HS Coach of the Week

Posted by Kelly Baker on September 26, 2017 – 3:47 pm

The Buffalo Bills are once again proudly partnering with ADPRO Sports in 2017, to recognize some of the best high school football coaches Western New York has to offer, through the High School Coach of the Week program. Throughout the 2017 high school football season, the Bills and ADPRO Sports will recognize 11 coaches from both the Buffalo and Rochester regions on buffalobills.com. The winners will be selected by a committee of high school football experts from each region.

The Buffalo Region Coach of the Week winner for Week 4 of the 2017 season is Bill Atlas, head coach of the Wilson Lakemen. On Friday, Sept. 22, the Lakemen took on the Lewiston-Porter Lancers at home. Wilson headed into the locker room at halftime, nursing a 7-0 lead. However, the Lakemen got off to a quick start in the third quarter. Led by junior quarterback Steve Frerichs, Wilson scored twice to extend their lead to 20-0.  Frerichs finished the game with a touchdown through the air and one on the ground. Senior Matt Kitcho also contributed to the score with a rushing touchdown. In the end, Wilson’s defense went on to shut out the Lancers 27-0. With the win, the Lakemen advanced to 2-2 on the campaign. Wilson will host Eden/North Collins on Friday, Sept. 29, for the team’s home opener.

The Rochester Region Coach of the Week winner for Week 4 is Keith Molinich, head coach of the Pittsford Panthers. The Panthers took on the Victor Blue Devils on the road on Friday, Sept. 22. Coming into the contest, Victor was the No. 1 ranked AA team in Section 5. Up for the challenge, the Pittsford Panthers came out fast and physical on both offense and defense. Ending the half with a 9-0 lead, Pittsford extended the score to 16-0 in the fourth quarter. Junior quarterback Matt LaRocca and senior running back Ali Brooks led the way on offense, while senior Sky Crain, who recorded two sacks, put in work on defense. Finishing the game 16-6, the Panthers made a statement. Pittsford will face Hilton at home for their next matchup on Saturday, Sept. 30.

Check back on Buffalobills.com each week for the announcement of the Coach of the Week winners and tune in to the John Murphy show each Tuesday afternoon to hear the winners announced on the show. Good luck to all of the high school football coaches this season from the Buffalo Bills and ADPRO Sports!


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Bills & ADPRO Sports High School Coach of the Week

Posted by Kelly Baker on September 13, 2017 – 5:47 pm

The Buffalo Bills are once again proudly partnering with ADPRO Sports in 2017, to recognize some of the best high school football coaches Western New York has to offer, through the High School Coach of the Week program. Throughout the 2017 high school football season, the Bills and ADPRO Sports will recognize 11 coaches from both the Buffalo and Rochester regions on buffalobills.com. The winners will be selected by a committee of high school football experts from each region.

The Buffalo Region Coach of the Week winner for Week 2 of the 2017 season is Chuck Nagel, head coach of the Newfane Panthers. On Saturday, Sept. 9, Newfane hosted Lewiston Porter for a non-conference matchup. Playing before the largest crowd in Newfane history (1,700 fans), the Panthers quickly found themselves with a 21-12 lead over the Lancers. Scoring three more touchdowns in the third quarter, the Panthers went on to defeat the Lancers 48-18. Newfane junior running back Shayne Harrington helped pave the way for the Panthers. With the win, Newfane advanced to 1-1 on the season.

The Rochester Region Coach of the Week winner for Week 2 is Dave Whitcomb, head coach of the Fairport Red Raiders. After falling to Cicero-North during the team’s season opener, Fairport was determined to get their first win of the season. On Saturday, Sept. 9, Fairport took on Hilton on the road, defeating the Cadets 23-21. The close game was decided on a 40-yard field goal with less than a minute left in the fourth quarter. Kicking it through the uprights, junior K Amir  Yamout solidified the win for the Red Raiders. With the victory, Fairport is now 1-1 on the season and is set to take on Penfield at home on Friday, Sept. 15.

Check back on Buffalobills.com each week for the announcement of the Coach of the Week winners and tune in to the John Murphy show each Tuesday afternoon to hear the winners announced on the show. Good luck to all of the high school football coaches this season from the Buffalo Bills and ADPRO Sports!


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50-50 raffle winner from Bills-Vikings game announced

Posted by Kelly Baker on August 18, 2017 – 4:31 pm

The Buffalo Bills Foundation is proud to announce that Jerry Moore from Bradford, Pennsylvania, has won the 50-50 raffle for the Bills-Vikings game. The jackpot was $27,335, with a winning ticket for $13,668.

As a Bills Season Ticket Member since 2010, Moore has made a habit of buying 50-50 raffle tickets each game. After many years of playing the raffle, Moore is thrilled to have finally won. “I didn’t think it was mine; I didn’t believe it,” stated Moore. Moore and his wife will be taking a trip to Disney in a few weeks with his prize earning.


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Starpoint to appear in USA Football’s 7-on-7 National Championship Series

Posted by Kelly Baker on July 21, 2017 – 10:43 am

After an impressive showing in the recent USA Football Buffalo Regional 7-on-7 competition, the Starpoint High School football team has advanced to the National Championship Series. The event, set in Canton, Ohio, will take place on Friday, July 21 and continue through July 22. The series will feature 17 teams, battling for the number one spot.

Led by head coach Al Cavagnaro, Starpoint will look to keep their win streak alive. The Lockport, New York based school, proved dominant during the regional round, going undefeated throughout the tournament. Hosted by the Town of Hamburg Recreation Department and Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission, 16 teams from Western New York took part in the one-day event. With a 22-12 win over Cheektowaga in the final, Starpoint advanced to 5-0 on the day and earned a spot in Canton.

USA Footballs’ 7-on-7 competitions have proven a great way for coaches to continue to develop their athletes. With support from the Buffalo Bills and the local community, the Buffalo Regional competition proved both fun and educational.

“The Buffalo Bills are proud to partner with USA Football, the Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission and the Town of Hamburg Recreation Department on the first-ever USA Football 7-on-7 Regional Championship in Western New York,” said Preston Teague, Buffalo Bills Director of Community Relations. “This tournament is an excellent opportunity local high school football teams to compete and show who is best in our region. We are also excited for the opportunity for our tournament winners to participate in one of the National Championship Series events this summer.”

As Starpoint prepares for the next installment in the series, the Bills and entire Western New York region wish them luck!

To watch the tournament live, click here.


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Mentoring program featuring Bills now accepting teacher applications

Posted by Kelly Baker on June 22, 2017 – 8:42 am

The Buffalo Bills are proud to team up with Classroom Champions, to make a difference in Western New York schools this fall! A nonprofit organization, Classroom Champions is an established program dedicated to pairing classrooms with athletes in order to help students excel. After finding success in bringing classrooms and Olympic athletes together, the upcoming program with the Bills will mark the first-ever relationship with NFL players.

The Classroom Champions – Buffalo Bills Mentoring program, will pair five classrooms with current Bills players from September through December in 2017. The unique initiative offers educators an opportunity to introduce critical life skills to their students such as goal setting, teamwork and community involvement – while building relationships.

Teachers in the Western New York area are invited to apply. The deadline for applications is June 30.

For more information, please visit here.

This program is funded by the Buffalo Bills Foundation.

ABOUT THE BUFFALO BILLS FOUNDATION

The Buffalo Bills Foundation supports organizations that are committed to improving the quality of life in our region. This will be achieved through philanthropic investment in our community along with supporting NFL and team charitable initiatives.


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Buffalo Regional 7on7 Championships June 23-24

Posted by Kelly Baker on May 19, 2017 – 5:30 pm

The Buffalo Bills are partnering with USA Football, The Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission and the Town of Hamburg Recreation Department to host the first ever Buffalo – USA Football 7on7 Regional Championships.

On Friday, June 23rd the Buffalo Bills will host a reception and informational session at the ADPRO Sports Training Center for all participating coaches, with games played the following day (June 24th) at the Town of Hamburg Recreation fields.

The tournament is open to high school JV and Varsity school teams and costs $200 per team.  The winning Varsity team will receive a USA Football grant, t-shirts, trophy and FREE entry into the National Championship Series event in Canton, OH at the Pro Football Hall of Fame on July 21 – 22, 2017.

USA Football 7on7 was built by high school coaches for high school teams. No all-star teams are allowed.  This event sets the standard in high school team-based championships, professionally operated with certified high school officials, separate timers, scorekeepers and portable scoreboards on each field.

For more information and to register for the Buffalo Regional Tournament please use the following link (make sure to click on the button next to ‘Buffalo Regional’): http://7on7.usafootball.com/Events


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Bills memorabilia available on NFL Auction

Posted by Kelly Baker on April 28, 2017 – 3:53 pm

Bills fans, several unique pieces of Bills memorabilia are up for bid on NFL Auction throughout Draft weekend.

Items currently available include the following:

– 2016 Bills draft class signed full size helmet

– 2015 Bills draft class signed mini helmet

– Sammy Watkins signed 2014 draft mini helmet and much more!

Don’t miss out on your chance to take home a part of Bills history! To bid now, click here.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Buffalo Bills Foundation.

ABOUT THE BUFFALO BILLS FOUNDATION

The Buffalo Bills Foundation supports organizations that are committed to improving the quality of life in our region. This will be achieved through philanthropic investment in our community along with supporting NFL and team charitable initiatives.


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Lorenzo Alexander pays visit to local elementary school

Posted by Kelly Baker on April 6, 2017 – 11:37 am

He’s only been back in Western New York for a few days, but that hasn’t stopped Bills Pro Bowl linebacker Lorenzo Alexander from making a difference in the community.

On Tuesday, April 4, Alexander and his ACES Foundation, paid a special visit to Pembroke Intermediate School to meet with Mr. Brown’s fourth grade class.

“When I got back we went out there…We signed autographs for the kids, spoke to them about commitment and consistency and building relationships,” said Alexander. “I really liked the school and they’re doing a lot of great things out there.”

Reflecting on the afternoon, Alexander, this year’s Call to Courage Award recipient, explained that his main message to the young students was about character development.

“That’s what it’s always about – character,” said Alexander. “Being a great person, taking care of your classmates, your community and yourself and staying healthy – all the things you want to emphasize with kids. I emphasize with my own children.”

As far as his plans for the remainder of the offseason—in-between his duties on the field—Alexander aims to spend as much time giving back as he can.

“I think being my second year here, being more comfortable, how well the city embraced me last year and just the community, I wanted to get engaged sooner in that regard and give back when I have time in the offseason…”


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USA Football’s 2017 Grant Program now open

Posted by Kelly Baker on March 23, 2017 – 9:53 am

The 2017 USA Football Grant Program enables youth football leagues and scholastic teams to upgrade equipment, improve playing fields, recover from natural disasters and acquire life-saving equipment.  Applications for equipment, field and product grants are awarded to 501(c)(3)  tax – exempt youth, middle school and high school football programs throughout the United States.

Along with the grant program, USA Football has several other initiatives including the Heads Up Football initiative which the Bills proudly support in Western New York.  Though the USA Football Grant Program is available to any youth or school sponsored football organization, programs signed up and engaged in Heads Up Football are eligible for larger grant amounts.

Those wishing to submit a USA Football grant application will have until Wednesday, April 12 to do so.

For more information on USA Football’s 2017 Grant Program and to apply, please visit here.

 


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Bills items now available on NFL Auction

Posted by Kelly Baker on March 6, 2017 – 5:14 pm

Bills fans, starting Monday, March 6, and continuing throughout the month, several unique pieces of Bills memorabilia will be up for bid on NFL Auction.

Items currently available include the following:

-A football-themed standing Buffalo

-Alumni autographed Buffalo Bills helmet

-Gold NFL shield turf (in celebration of Super Bowl 50)

Don’t miss out on your chance to take home a part of Bills history! To bid now, click here.

The proceeds generated from the auction will benefit the Buffalo Bills Foundation.

ABOUT THE BUFFALO BILLS FOUNDATION

The Buffalo Bills Foundation supports organizations that are committed to improving the quality of life in our region. This will be achieved through philanthropic investment in our community along with supporting NFL and team charitable initiatives.


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WNY youngster participates in NFL PPK National Championship

Posted by Kelly Baker on January 27, 2017 – 5:59 pm

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Selena Maldonado, who competed in the 8-9 girls division of the Buffalo Bills Punt, Pass & Kick Team Championship, has earned a trip to the 2017 Pro Bowl. After posting scores that landed her among the top four in the country, Maldonado has the opportunity to compete at the national level.

The championship, held on Friday, Jan. 27 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports, gave the top four boys and girls from each age division a platform to showcase their skills. Not only do the participants get a chance to be crowned champion, they also get to enjoy a full Pro Bowl experience which includes attending the game on Sunday, Jan. 29.

Displaying her best punt, pass and kick, Maldonado put on an impressive performance.

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Congratulations, Selena!

 


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Alexander visits Bills Flag Football team

Posted by Kelly Baker on January 27, 2017 – 3:33 pm

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At this year’s Pro Bowl, the NFL will host the NFL Flag Championships, powered by USA Football. Held at ESPN Wide World of Sports on Friday, Jan. 27 and Saturday, Jan. 28, the competition will feature a total of 64 teams from around the nation.

Broken down into eight regional championships in four divisions, the winning teams each earned a trip to Orlando to compete in the big event. Additionally, 32 teams were selected by each of the NFL’s clubs to represent them in the 13-14 Boys division. Stopping by to show his support for Buffalo’s bunch, and to offer some tips for success, was Pro Bowl linebacker Lorenzo Alexander.


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50-50 raffle winner from Bills-Dolphins game announced

Posted by Kelly Baker on January 17, 2017 – 12:12 pm

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The Buffalo Bills Foundation is proud to announce that Kim Summers has won the 50-50 raffle for the Bills-Dolphins game. The jackpot was $37,718, with a winning ticket for $18,859!

Congratulations, Kim!

For details on the Buffalo Bills Foundation’s 50-50 raffle, visit here.


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50-50 raffle winner from Bills-Steelers game announced

Posted by Kelly Baker on December 24, 2016 – 8:12 am

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The Buffalo Bills Foundation is proud to announce that Joseph Mastrorili has won the 50-50 raffle for the Bills-Steelers game. The jackpot was $87,931 with a winning ticket for $43,966!

Congratulations, Joseph!

For details on the Buffalo Bills Foundation’s 50-50 raffle, visit here.

 


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50-50 raffle winner from Bills-Jaguars game announced

Posted by Kelly Baker on December 11, 2016 – 8:26 am

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The Buffalo Bills Foundation is proud to announce that Marie Brombos, of Buffalo, N.Y., has won the 50-50 raffle for the Bills-Jaguars game. The jackpot was $86,073, with a winning ticket for $43,037!

Congratulations, Marie!

For details on the Buffalo Bills Foundation’s 50-50 raffle, visit here.


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Bills custom cleats now available on NFL Auction

Posted by Kelly Baker on December 8, 2016 – 7:36 pm

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During Week 13, in recognition of the NFL’s “My Cause, My Cleats” initiative, many Buffalo Bills proudly wore custom cleats to showcase the various causes that they are passionate about. In a continued effort to help raise awareness, a number of Buffalo’s participants autographed their game-worn cleats and have made them available for bid on NFL Auction. Of the proceeds generated, 100 percent will go to the each player’s cause.

Cleats up for bid include, LB Jerry Hughes, DE Leger Douzable, G Richie Incognito, C Ryan Groy, DT Marcell Dareus, WR Justin Hunter, LS Garrison Sanborn, CB Stephon Gilmore and LB Lorenzo Alexander.

To bid now and show your support, click here.


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