— Jim Kelly received the Rotary Lombardi Humanitarian Award last night at the Reliant Center in Houston, Texas. Kelly transcends professional sports and has worked tirelessly to support the fight for a cure for Krabbe Disease and related Leukodystrophies through his individual efforts and those of the Hunter’s Hope Foundation he founded. His devotion to this cause, as well as his significant work through his Kelly for Kids Foundation to improve the quality of life for disabled and disadvantaged children, is precisely what makes him the ideal recipient of the Rotary Lombardi Humanitarian Award. Kelly was in attendance at the Award show on December 7, 2011 to accept this prestigious award.
Thursday, December 8
Practice: 2:00 PM / Open to Media at Approximately 2:00 – 2:25 PM (Stretch & Individual only)
BuffaloBills.com – Choice eager to make good with Bills
BuffaloBills.com – Bills heading west early this week
BuffaloBills.com – “Hit Heard ‘Round the World” helps Bills Alumni
BuffaloBills.com – Draft class report
BuffaoBills.com – Wilson cleared for practice
Buffalo News – Bills are moving up into draft’s top 10
Buffalo News – Early trip west to be given a test
Rochester D&C – Can Leodis McKelvin of the Buffalo Bills rebound?
Associated Press – Bills RB Spiller starts showing Thriller potential
Associated Press – Buffalo (5-7) at San Diego (5-7)
Inside the Bills Blog.
Report: Bills were after QB Harrell, Wilson limited, Kelly getting humanitarian award, Bryan Scott on the move, Chandler and 2 DBs not practicing, Bell will see LT snaps Sunday, No practice for Chandler
THIS DAY IN BILLS HISTORY
December 8, 1963 — ANOTHER RECORD FOR COOKIE
Fullback Cookie Gilchrist set a team and AFL record at the time by rushing for 243 yards on 36 carries and scoring five touchdowns in a 45-14 rout of the New York Jets.
QUOTES FROM MEDIA DAY
Head Coach Chan Gailey
On S George Wilson cleared for practice and ready to play on Sunday:
That’s really big. The communication on the back end was very good while he was in there and we’ve taken a step back in our communication in the secondary with all the young guys, which is understandable.
On how eager he was to see RB CJ Spiller run at his full potential:
It’s great to have a back of his caliber that can walk in when you lose a potential pro-bowler. Most people don’t have that. It’s great to have that kind of guy. I was excited about watching him and seeing what he would do and how much he progressed in a year. I think every week he plays he’ll get a little better. I’m excited about seeing what the next few games hold for him.
On waiting since they drafted Spiller in 2010 to see him finally succeed:
I was excited about seeing what he could do. At the same time when you had a guy playing like Fred (Jackson), you weren’t going to take him out of the game. It was just an odd set of circumstances that came together for CJ in the role that he found himself for our football team. You went into the season thinking Fred would start but CJ would play a decent amount. As it turned out you couldn’t take Fred out of the game. I couldn’t.
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
On how encouraging it is to the team at how Spiller is performing:
CJ, it’s been an interesting situation this year for him. Fred has played so well and Fred, he can do it all. He’s not a guy that needs to be spelled on third down. He’s not a guy that isn’t good at the short yardage. He does it all and we all know that. CJ’s been in a position this year where he hasn’t seen a lot of time at tailback and he’s had to sub in at wide receiver and do some stuff. For him now to be able to hone in on that running back position, for him to be able to try to get comfortable there again and now to have four more games to go out and do it. We’re expecting a lot of big things out of him and hopefully we’ve kind of seen the tip of the iceberg in terms of his production and his explosiveness.
LB Chris Kelsay
On the end of the season:
You know there’s still opportunity. [We have to] play hard, we have a lot to prove. I said it Sunday after the game despite where we’re at, playoffs out of the question; as long as there are two teams out there and we’re one of them we are going to play hard, prepare hard, finish this season on a high note. We got four games to do that and we have a good opportunity to go cross country and win a football game.
WR David Nelson
On heading out west to play:
This will be the first time I’ve played on the west coast in my career. Even in college, I never made it that far out so it’ll be different, but at the same time we just have to go out and play football. We can’t let all of the extra stuff get to us. We’re going out a day early to kind of get acclimated to the time change. I think that’ll be the biggest issue, kind of getting use to the time and different things like that, but at the end of the day when the ball is on the field you just have to play ball. You can’t let all that stuff get to you. We’re excited about the opportunity and we’re excited to go out west coast, but we just have to play football.
WR Stevie Johnson
On the approach for the last four games:
Win; just to get some more wins. We don’t want to lie down. I don’t think we’ve been laying down even when we haven’t been putting, as offense, haven’t been putting up a lot of points. Just go out and continue to fight. You know our playoff hopes are out of the picture now but we are still playing football, we still have to go play football.
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