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Athletes in Action winner invited to Bills OTAs

Posted by Chris Brown on May 20, 2009 – 5:17 pm

Lockport high school football player Jason Winters, the winner of the Athletes in Action Call to Courage award, was a special guest of Bills defensive coordinator Perry Fewell today at Bills OTA practice. Athletes in Action is an awards program organized by former Bills QB Frank Reich.

The diminutive player who is being recruited by Division II Mansfield, is an inspiring young man who made sure his wheelchair bound cousin could be a part of his high school football team. Winters would tow his cousin Johnny’s wheelchair to and from school every day while riding his bicycle.

Johnny, who suffered a spinal cord injury, would call out plays at practice and has a jersey just like his playmaking cousin.

At the conclusion of practice Wednesday, Bills head coach Dick Jauron pulled Winters over to the team huddle, while Fewell explained to the players who Winters was. After getting a rousing welcome, Winters led the huddle break saying, “Bills on three, one, two, three!”

And the Bills responded heartily. For more on his story you can check this profile story on Winters.


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