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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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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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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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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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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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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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Experience Buffalo weekend at the Ralph

Posted by Hannah Buehler on December 17, 2013 – 4:58 pm

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A group of 28 Rotary International high school students staying in the region visited the Buffalo Bills and Ralph Wilson Stadium on Friday, December 6, 2013 as part of their “Experience Buffalo” weekend.  The students represent 18 different countries, live with host families and attend various regional high schools while experiencing the American and Canadian culture during a one-year international study program.  They were given a full tour of the facilities by Bills staff, a brief tutorial on football and then were treated to dinner at a local restaurant.
 

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Last chance for Bills autographed items!

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on December 17, 2013 – 12:49 pm

NFLAuction-BBCNTPC-HolidayWith only a few shopping days left until Christmas, get your favorite Bills fans (or yourself!) authentic Bills memorabilia for a great cause.

Click here to check out the items up for bid through NFL Auction that will go off the table tonight at 10 p.m., with all proceeds benefiting the Buffalo Bills Youth Foundation. There’s a great mix of items from former and current players, including Eric Wood, C.J. Spiller and Marcell Dareus signed footballs, a Cordy Glenn signed mini-helmet, and a Stephon Gilmore jersey, worn during the 2012 Breast Cancer Awareness game.

Bid now before these items close at 10 p.m. tonight, and stay tuned to buffalobills.com for updates on additional items coming later this week!


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C.J. part of Fuel up to Play 60 event

Posted by Hannah Buehler on December 13, 2013 – 3:29 pm

On Tuesday, December 10th 250 student ambassadors from Buffalo and Rochester area school districts made their presence known at Ralph Wilson Stadium when they attended the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council’s “Be the Change” Day, a grass-roots movement created by local dairy farmers to reward school districts that are implementing in-school breakfast programs and the students that are leading the way for healthy changes in their schools.

“We’re celebrating the success and wellness of students from the Rochester and Buffalo areas at a time when inspiration is often needed the most,” said Kate Grosso, American Dairy Association and Dairy Council, Inc.  “The holiday months can be viewed by youth as a time to relieve themselves of their responsibilities and the healthy habits that they carry out throughout the regular school year. ‘Be the Change’ puts an emphasis on the belief that being healthy is something that we are all responsible for 365 days a year.”

Students arrived in true Fuel Up to Play 60 fashion with a red carpet entrance and also donned the number 9 on their backs to represent the nutrients that they get when fueling up with locally produced dairy products. “As a local dairy farmer, I am proud to produce a nutrient-rich product for children and their families and to play an active role in their overall healthy lifestyle,” said Roger White, dairy farmer, Gasport View Dairy Farm in Gasport, New York.

Students learned the importance of eating healthy and staying active from former NFL player and current Assistant Director of Recreation in Rochester, Tony Jordan. In addition, Bills running back CJ Spiller spoke with the students about his own healthy eating and exercise routine, as well as participated in passing drills with the kids in the Bills Healthy Zone Fieldhouse.

For event photos, click here.


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Wood & WNY hero make special visit

Posted by Hannah Buehler on December 10, 2013 – 4:02 pm

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We last saw Bills fan and Western New York hero Darnell Barton November 3 at the Bills v. the Kansas City Chiefs game at Ralph Wilson Stadium, and his giving back to the Western New York Community continues today.

Barton is the heroic NFTA Bus Driver who, on October 18 stopped his bus on the highway to help a struggling woman back to safety.

Today, Barton and Bills center Eric Wood visited students at McKinley High School in Buffalo who were on his bus that day.

Darnell shared with the students how his life changed that day, and he talked about leadership and bullying.

We thank Darnell for continuing to inspire Western New York.


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Bills Holiday Party for Children tomorrow

Posted by Hannah Buehler on December 9, 2013 – 4:57 pm

The Bills Holiday Party for Children is almost here, and the Bills are once again doing great things for Western New York children in need.

Today, volunteers from the Buffalo Bills organization and the Buffalo Bills women’s association emptied rolls of wrapping paper as they carefully wrapped all gifts for the holiday party tomorrow night.

Under the tree are hundreds of wrapped gifts, waiting to be opened by smiling WNY children, as they enjoy an evening of meeting their favorite Bills players, train rides, a visit from Santa and much more.

What’s your favorite Bills in the Community moment? Tweet me @HannahBills using #BillsintheCommunity!

 


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Kiss 98.5 annual Toy Drive tomorrow

Posted by Hannah Buehler on December 9, 2013 – 2:54 pm

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Help Janet, Nick and the Kiss 98.5 crew tomorrow as they host their annual Toy Drive for Kids!

Stop by tomorrow (Tuesday, December 10) from 6AM-6PM in front of the Eastern Hills Mall to donate a toy to a child in need this Christmas!

Join Bills DB Stephon Gilmore, WR T.J. Graham, Billy Buffalo and the  Buffalo Jills and give back to those in need this holiday season.

Every hour, you’ll be entered to win an autographed Buffalo Bills Jersey and other cool Bills merchandise!

Grab a toy for a child as you’re out shopping tomorrow and bring it by the Eastern Hills Mall!


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Moorman spreads holiday cheer

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on December 7, 2013 – 1:16 pm

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Brian Moorman spread holiday cheer in more ways than one last night as he read the Polar Express to some lucky kids and kicked off the Barnes & Noble holiday book drive. The Barnes & Noble in Clarence, NY (4401 Transit Road) will be collecting new books from now until Christmas for Moorman’s P.U.N.T. Foundation which will give the books to children battling pediatric cancer.

Stay tuned to buffalobills.com for much more generous community outreach from your favorite Bills players throughout this holiday season.


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C.J. on NFL Rush Zone TV series

Posted by Hannah Buehler on December 6, 2013 – 4:37 pm

 

Bills running back C.J. Spiller will appear on season three of the Emmy Award-nominated series, Guardians Unleashed, as it returns to Nicktoons, Wednesdays at 8:30 P.M. (ET).

The popular 20-episode series, co-produced by Nickelodeon and the NFL, is based on NFL RUSH ZONE, the NFL’s online world for kids. Featuring an assortment of NFL players and coaches, NFL RUSH ZONE: Guardians Unleashed will air regularly Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. (ET) on Nicktoons and Saturdays at 8:00 a.m. (ET) on NFL Network.

The series continues the journey of Ishmael (Ish) and his hero friends, the Guardians, on their quest to protect the NFL and world from new and familiar villains.

Among those featured in season three include C.J. Spiller, Robert Griffin III, Calvin Johnson and J.J. Watt.

Full-length episodes will be available on the Nick App, iTunes, VUDU and Amazon Instant Video the day after premieres.  The series will be available on Nickelodeon VOD and NFL Network VOD beginning December 4 and on Nicktoons.com and NFLRUSH.com starting Dec. 18.  Episodes also re-air on NFL Network and are produced in high definition for availability on video boards in NFL stadiums across the country.

For all NFL things for kids, check out NFLrush.com.


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Moorman to spread holiday cheer tonight

Posted by Hannah Buehler on December 6, 2013 – 12:42 pm

Celebrate the holiday season tonight with Bills punter Brian Moorman.

Moorman will be reading The Polar Express to children at Barnes and Noble in Clarence, as the P.U.N.T. Foundation hosts a Holiday Book Drive!

Nearly 3,000 books will be distributed to the pediatric oncology patients at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Children’s Hospital in Buffalo.

Bring your children for a special holiday story time and autograph signing tonight at Barnes & Noble (4401 Transit Road, Clarence) from 6:30-8:00 PM.

Additional details can be found here

 

 


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Mario makes special donation

Posted by Hannah Buehler on December 4, 2013 – 9:36 am

With some brand-new Xbox One gaming systems in tow, and looking to make a positive impact in the community, Bills DE Mario Williams got creative at the start of the Holiday season. Williams took to social media, asking fans to submit their plea for the new system.

After surveying the responses, Williams settled on a recipient with a distinct Bills tie – the Phil Hansen room in Buffalo’s Ronald McDonald House.

The House provides a place for families with hospitalized children to stay during medical treatment, and the Bills-themed Hansen room bears the name of former DE Phil Hansen, who funded the space with a $10,000 donation.

Mario enjoyed visiting the Ronald McDonald house and learning more about the services they provide.

 

Keep up with all of the great work the Bills do for the Western New York Community at http://www.buffalobills.com/community/.


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Distinguished Service Award winner chosen

Posted by Hannah Buehler on November 7, 2013 – 9:47 am

Former Bills center Al Bemiller will receive the 28th annual Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Distinguished Service award for the 2013 season.

The prestigious award honors former players for their outstanding service to the Buffalo Bills team and organization.

Bemiller spent time with the Bills from 1961-69, starting on both the 1964 and ’65 teams that won the American Football League Championships.

Al has spent time as a member of the Buffalo Bills Alumni Association. He resides in Orchard Park, and is still active in the Western New York community, coaching youth wrestling and football.

Bemiller will be honored at the Buffalo Bills home game, November 17th vs. the New York Jets.


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Bills players support KED Telethon

Posted by Hannah Buehler on November 6, 2013 – 4:53 pm

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Buffalo Bills players showed their support for this year’s Kids Escaping Drugs Telethon at the New Era Flagship store in Downtown Buffalo yesterday.

Fans were able to make a $25.00 donation to KED and receive autographs from their favorite Bills players including Buffalo Bills DT Marcell Dareus, RB Fred Jackson, WR Stevie Johnson,  RB C.J. Spiller, and S Aaron Williams.

To learn more about how you can help the Kids Escaping Drugs Campaign, click here.


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Bills recognize WNY hero

Posted by Hannah Buehler on November 4, 2013 – 11:28 am

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It was a Sunday to remember for Western New York hero Darnell J. Barton, as he was invited to the Bills vs. Chiefs matchup, and recognized for his outstanding citizenship earlier in the week.

Last week, Barton saved a troubled woman from jumping off a Buffalo bridge by stopping his bus to help the woman to safety, after others passed the scene. The NFTA bus driver says he did what he knew he should do in that moment.

“I did what I knew was right,” said Barton. “The response was normal, it was natural. I would do it again, and again, and again, but not for any recognition but because it was the right thing to do.”

Darnell was thanked by the Buffalo Bills organization for being an outstanding Western New York citizen. He had an opportunity to meet and talk with Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon, Head Coach Doug Marrone and a handful of Bills players.

“I appreciate all you have done,” Coach Marrone said to Barton. “You’re a good citizen and good model for everyone. I would try to do the same thing in the Bronx- that’s what my grandmother taught me, too.”

Barton is a football guy through and through, and in that moment on the thruway, he describes feeling like coaches were calling on him to make a big play.

“I used to play football, and when the coach called me up from the bench, I knew it was time to go,” said the Western New York hero. “It was my turn to help the team and be a team player. I think that’s what I did for that woman.”

We thank you, Darnell for being an outstanding team player.


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