Inside The Bills

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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Fred talks football science to inspire students

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on November 25, 2013 – 9:37 am

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Last Thursday, approximately 60 lucky local students from Western New York Pop Warner and Girls Inc. had the opportunity to go inside Fred Jackson’s head to learn the secrets to his success as a running back for the Buffalo Bills. Jackson demonstrated that science plays a large role in the game of football including his velocity, acceleration, momentum, cut angles and more. The event was part of Time Warner Cable’s STEM in Sports campaign designed to get young people excited about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through their interest in sports.

“I had a blast with the kids today and it was rewarding to see them grasp concepts like physics and kinetics once it was demonstrated through the game of football,” said Jackson. “These subjects are important to their future, and Time Warner Cable’s STEM in Sports campaign is a great way to get kids excited about science.”

Joining Jackson on the field were Dr. Kenneth Snyder, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Radiology and Neurology at the University at Buffalo and Dr. Laszlo Mechtler, Medical Director, DENT Neurologic Institute. Snyder and Mechtler discussed the role of the brain in football, specifically as it relates to movement, what happens to the brain during a tackle and the safe way to tackle during the game. The students then had the opportunity to put science in motion by participating in running back and quarterback challenges led by Jackson.

“Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds initiative is committed to inspiring young people to become the next generation of problem solvers by connecting them to the wonders of STEM,” said Terence Rafferty, regional vice president of operations, Time Warner Cable. “It’s great to partner with the Buffalo Bills to bring our STEM in Sports program to life and show kids how a love of sports can relate to a passion for math and science.”

In an effort to inspire students to get involved in science and math off the field, Time Warner Cable offers a robust library of engaging STEM in Sports activities and parent/educator learning guides that marry STEM principles to football, basketball, golf and racing.  Visit www.connectamillionminds.com to access these free resources and to view videos of professional athletes discussing how STEM subjects impact their sports performance.

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Electronic Recycling Event Saturday!

Posted by Hannah Buehler on November 20, 2013 – 4:11 pm

REMINDER! Do you have old TV’s, computers, cell phones and other electronics that you want to make sure are thrown out and recycled safely and properly?

The Bills and Republic Services are hosting an Electronic Recycling Drive at Ralph Wilson Stadium Saturday, November 23rd from 10:00 am-3:00 pm.

You can bring your items to Lot 1, located off of Big Tree Road near the Bills Healthy Zone Fieldhouse.

Hang out with Bills alumni, Billy Buffalo and the Buffalo Jills! Also, receive a special Bills Store coupon with your drop off!

Gather up those old electronics, and we’ll see you November 23!


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Business Attire – Best Dressed

Posted by Hannah Buehler on November 15, 2013 – 11:51 am

When our Bills travel, they are required to “suit up” and look the part. Each player has his own style that reflects his personality. Since everyone is dressed to impress, it’s hard for us to pick the best dressed.

Here are a few of my favorites!

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Aaron’s rocking the shades to compliment his suit and tie.

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Kiko’s looking fresh with his purple tie. Tip: add a pop of color to your suit combo.

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Chris Gragg is sporting the bow tie. Break away from traditional once and a while.

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Print mixing works! We love Fred’s paisley tie, and ability to pair the paisley and stripes.

Napolis can help you look your best for all important occasions in your life.

Napoli’s, the official men’s shop of the Buffalo Bills, is a ten-minute drive from the Buffalo/Niagara International Airport.  Stop by and pick-up your gift cards for the holidays and take a look at brands such as Canali, Hugo Boss, Zanella, Hickey Freeman, Bugatchi Uomo, Tommy Bahama and many more. With shoes by brands like To Boot New York, Donald J. Pliner, Allen Edmonds, Santoni, Bruno Magli, and others. 

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Electronic Recycling Event at the Ralph

Posted by Hannah Buehler on November 11, 2013 – 11:36 am

Do you have old TV’s, computers, cell phones and other electronics that you want to make sure are thrown out and recycled safely and properly?

The Bills and Republic Services are hosting an Electronic Recycling Drive at Ralph Wilson Stadium Saturday, November 23rd from 10:00 am-3:00 pm.

You can bring your items to Lot 1, located off of Big Tree Road near the Bills Healthy Zone Fieldhouse.

Hang out with Bills alumni, Billy Buffalo and the Buffalo Jills! Also, receive a special Bills Store coupon with your drop off!

Gather up those old electronics, and we’ll see you November 23!


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Participate in No Shave November!

Posted by Hannah Buehler on November 5, 2013 – 3:03 pm

During the month of November, several Bills players will be participating in “No Shave November.”
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We want our Bills fans to participate too!  Fans can enter the No Shave November contest, sponsored by Jack Black Grooming Products by uploading photos here throughout the month.
 
Five of the best photos will be chosen as finalists and will each receive an autographed mini helmet. Fans will be able to vote for the grand prize winner who will receive tickets and on-field passes to a game. Pretty nice incentive for not shaving! 
 
Alright, Bills fans let’s see those beards!

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Players, fans to support KED telethon

Posted by Hannah Buehler on October 31, 2013 – 2:09 pm

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A handful of your favorite Bills players will be on-hand this year for the Kids Escaping Drugs Telethon at the New Era Flagship Store.

Buffalo Bills DT Marcell Dareus, RB Fred Jackson, WR Stevie Johnson,  RB C.J. Spiller, and S Aaron Williams will sign autographs to benefit the KED campaign.

The event is Tuesday, November 5th 2013 from 6:30-8:30 pm, and pre-sale begins at 3:00 pm.

The Kids Escaping Drugs Campaign works to raise funds to support adolescent drug & alcohol treatment facilities, and with a 25.00 donation, you can too.

For more information, visit their website.


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Bills host Gift of Warmth drive Sunday

Posted by Hannah Buehler on October 31, 2013 – 11:15 am

Give the Gift of Warmth this holiday season.

The Bills and Salvation Army are hosting the Gift of Warmth drive, sponsored by M&T Bank during the Chiefs game this Sunday at the Ralph.

Please bring NEW, warm clothing (hats, mittens, coats, sweaters) to the gates this Sunday. There will be Gift of Warmth bins at each gate and representatives to collect the clothing. Volunteers at the gates will also accept cash donations for the Salvation Army.

Together, we can keep Western New York warm during the cold, winter months.

Thank you for your participation!


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Touchdown for Teachers contest ends soon!

Posted by Hannah Buehler on October 28, 2013 – 1:24 pm

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Do you have a favorite teacher? A teacher who has not only been a great leader in the classroom but in the community as well?

Now is your chance to recognize him/her during the Buffalo Bills and M&T Bank’s annual Touchdown for Teachers contest!

Nominate your teacher by Monday, November 4, 2013! Click on the link to fill out the form, and tell us why your teacher should win!

Five finalists receive two tickets to the November 17 Buffalo Bills home game, in-game recognition on the video board and two tickets for each nominator to attend the November 17 game with them!

The grand prize winner will be announced at the game and will receive an in-class visit from a current Buffalo Bills team member and a $1,000 grant for his/her school!

More information can be found here.

Hurry, contest closes November 4!


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Stevie/Northtown host contest winners

Posted by Hannah Buehler on October 23, 2013 – 5:13 pm

Six Stevie fans were in heaven yesterday, as the winners of the Northtown Auto “Hang with SJ13 at the Ralph” contest winners had a meet and greet with Stevie Johnson.

Fans got creative with Northtown Auto on social media to win the contest.

The six lucky winners met at One Bills Drive yesterday, as Stevie took them for a tour around the Buffalo Bills training facility. The group had dinner with Stevie and received autographs.

It’s safe to say these fans had fun “hanging” with SJ13!


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Bills, Roswell host free clinic

Posted by Hannah Buehler on October 18, 2013 – 10:25 am

This week, the Buffalo Bills and Roswell Park Cancer Institute hosted a free Prostate Cancer Early Diagnosis Outreach Clinic in the Paul Maguire Club at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

The event, for the third consecutive year, helped encourage men to learn their own statistics such as family history which may have them at prostate cancer risk.

Doctors of Roswell Park Cancer Institute were on-site performing free screenings for men.

“This event drives home the idea that knowledge of your health is empowering,” says James Mohler, MD, Associate Director and Senior-Vice President for Translational Research and Chair of the Department of Urology at RPCI. “Knowing your statistics and risk factors and getting the recommended screenings help detect these cancers at their earliest stages, when patients have the most options available to them.”

On hand making special appearances at the event included Lee Smith and Brian Morman, Bills alumni Charley Ferguson, Lou Piccone and Ed Rutkowski, the Buffalo Jills and Billy Buffalo. Guests were also able to win free raffle prizes.

For more information, and how Roswell can help you, visit https://www.roswellpark.org/.

 


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Throwback Thursday: Aaron Williams as a kid

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on October 3, 2013 – 2:28 pm

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Like many NFL players, DB Aaron Williams started playing football at age five with kids two and three years older.

“I played with guys older than me, but I would say I was one of the best on the team,” he said. “I think my dad knew I was a little more advanced. It helped me better my skills to play with older guys. I was definitely one of the smallest guys on the team.”

And though he says today he only gets nervous before games when he hears the national anthem and pregame fireworks, he used to be a nervous wreck before his little league games.

“I started playing tackle when I was seven years old. I was nervous as hell. I think the first game I threw up, but after my first hit I was okay.”

The Bills defender says he wanted to play quarterback and wide receiver when he was young, but his dad would always put him at cornerback, and he’s been there ever since.

 


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Buffalo RV show this weekend!

Posted by Hannah Buehler on October 3, 2013 – 8:04 am

Join the Buffalo Bills as we host the Buffalo RV show, which is FREE to the public.

RV’s will be parked under the scoreboard outside of Gate 5 in the parking lot. Click the ad for more details!

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Throwback Thursday: LB Arthur Moats as a kid

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on September 26, 2013 – 5:28 pm

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If you were to watch Bills LB Arthur Moats in his first year of football, you might not think he’d make it to the NFL.

“I started playing at the age of four, and I was not the best person,” he said, laughing. “I was getting my butt kicked by this girl on the team. She used to terrorize me.”

But as he aged and started growing and playing with the older kids he knew, he says he got tough and realized he could be a good athlete and football player.

He was more than just a “good” athlete. Moats was an all-star at his high school, playing five sports: football, basketball, wrestling, track and soccer. He earned all-state honors in wrestling and track, and is proud of the fact that he always kept his grades high. That combination helped him get recruited and offered a full scholarship at 13 colleges, of which he chose James Madison University.

But despite his athletic success, he’s still (jokingly) haunted by his 4-year old nemesis.

“People always joke and say, ‘man, girls don’t play football,’ and I’m like, ‘man, this girl terrorized me.’ She had me to the point where I almost wanted to quit!”

Now that Arthur is a dad, he’s experiencing little league sports from the other side. His daughter Kaylor plays soccer, and unsurprisingly, he’s her biggest fan and coach.

“Half of me wants to coach her up real good, and the other half is telling me to sit back and let her do her thing. I’m always super excited and nervous.”


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Throwback Thursday: EJ Manuel as a kid

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on September 19, 2013 – 5:13 pm

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Believe it or not, Bills QB EJ Manuel was always the well-rounded athlete we see on the field each Sunday.

He started playing football as a 6-year old, and has fond memories of his peewee days.

“My childhood memories would be having a really good team and playing with the guys I grew up with in my neighborhood,” he said. “I played with a lot of players who played in college, but I was just one of the lucky ones who continued on.”

Manuel also played baseball, basketball, soccer and ran track.

“Football was my favorite,” he said, “and once I got into high school and started getting recruited heavily, that’s when I stopped playing basketball.”


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Carly’s Club meets rookies

Posted by Hannah Buehler on September 18, 2013 – 4:57 pm

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Last night, the Bills Toyota Rookie Club hosted their first event of the season, inviting members from Carly’s Club at Roswell Park to the Bills Healthy Zone Fieldhouse for a carnival.

Carly’s Club of Buffalo is the pediatric cancer unit of Roswell Park, offering support programs to help life become more manageable for children diagnosed with cancer and their families.

Part of last night’s group was longtime Bills fan, 17-year-old Derek Marsh, who attended Sunday’s game. Derek has been a Roswell patient for the past 3 years, and was given the opportunity to deliver the gameball before Sunday’s kickoff by Bills partner Republic Services.

“It’s an amazing experience to be down here with all the players. It makes me feel really special to be here,” Derek told buffalobills.com.

Derek and his family enjoyed watching player warmups prior to the Bills 24-23 win over the Carolina Panthers. The fun continued last night when Derek was able to meet all Bills rookies during the Carly’s Club visit.


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Throwback Thursday: Scott Chandler as a kid

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on September 12, 2013 – 4:45 pm

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This Throwback Thursday, we caught up with Bills TE Scott Chandler, who dished about some of his early childhood football memories.  A natural athlete at a young age, he remembers one story better than others.

“I played in the flag football super bowl and I took a hand off from the quarterback and ran it for a touchdown, but it got called back because I jumped over a kid and that was against the rules,” he said. “I was pretty big as a five-year-old, and definitely more aggressive. I had an older brother. He and his buddies would play against me all the time and they were five years older, so I wasn’t scared of people older than me.”

Though he was tough at five, his football skills didn’t show through when the pads were on until late in his high school career.

“I didn’t even start as a junior in high school, until I got to the playoffs.  The first game of the playoffs my junior year, I had like 120 yards and two touchdowns, so they let me start after that. Up until then, I thought I was going to play basketball. I was just a skinny kid who couldn’t throw the ball accurately so they moved me from quarterback to wide receiver, and then I really didn’t get a chance until late that season. it was kind of a slow road for me in high school.”

Chandler says he loved playing any sport growing up and focused on baseball and basketball until that breakthrough junior year, after which he got college offers for football and pursued that dream all the way to the NFL.


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Tim Hortons Ticket Blitz

Posted by Hannah Buehler on September 12, 2013 – 3:33 pm

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I had so much fun this morning visiting the Tim Hortons location on Southwestern in Orchard Park this morning!

We surprised fans by giving away tickets for Sunday’s game. I couldn’t just give them away though, so I asked fans some Bills trivia to win. Boy, do we have fans that know their stuff!

Thanks to Tim Hortons, and the fans who came out this morning!


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Fan guesses correctly to win

Posted by Hannah Buehler on September 10, 2013 – 4:21 pm

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Can you guess how many cans are in this aluminum bale?  Republic Services  asked Bills fans at the Bills Kids Day game to take a guess!
 Out of the 1,050 entries, Bills fan Alexi guessed 37,500. The actual number of cans was 37,120! Alexi and her father were invited to the game through the BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York Homeless Veterans donations.
Alexi won an iPad from Republic Services for her correct guess. Congratulations Alexi!
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Stevie, Marcell highlight New Era commercial

Posted by Hannah Buehler on September 9, 2013 – 5:45 pm

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If you’re watching Monday Night Football tonight, you may see some familiar faces.

During the broadcast the new New Era Cap commercial will air, featuring Bills athletes Stevie Johnson and Marcell Dareus.

The commercial, “Speak With Your Cap” also features New Era athletes  Eric Decker of the Broncos, Hakeem Nicks of the Giants, and Lance Briggs of the Bears.

If YOU want the same caps that Stevie and Marcell are wearing, be sure to check out The Bills Store.

Here’s a sneak peak of the commercial:


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