–Bills WR T.J. Graham will take part in a Gatorade “Train with a Pro” event today at Webster Schroeder High School (Webster, NY). Gatorade gave high school football teams across the country a chance to learn how the pros train and fuel to get the win from the players themselves. From July to September high school teams competed to win one of 33 training experiences with an NFL player to help them take their game to the next level. Graham will assist Webster Schroeder coach Kali Watkins in leading the football team through a practice.
— Hall of Fame event has Bills support: Mary Owen, the Bills Executive Vice President of Strategic Planning, co-chaired the Chicago Salute to Greatness which kicked off on Monday night. Presented by Buffalo’s own New Era, the two-day Salute sought to raise funds and awareness for the Hall and its many endeavors during its 50th anniversary year. Owen headed up a group of Bills representatives including President/CEO Russ Brandon, former head coach and Hall of Famer Marv Levy, Senior Vice President of Business Development Bruce Popko, and Mary Wilson, the wife of the Bills owner and Hall of Famer.
—SOLD OUT: Play 60 Ultimate Field Day on Saturday: On Saturday, June 8th the Buffalo Bills will host the second annual Play 60 Ultimate Field Day at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Designed for children ages 4-12, the event provides an opportunity for 60 minutes of physical activity. The sold-out event features football-themed stations on the field, appearances by Bills players, alumni Jills cheerleaders and Billy Buffalo, prize giveaways, tours of the team’s gameday locker room, photo opportunities and more.
–The Buffalo Bills are offering a special fundraising opportunity for local schools. Schools in Buffalo, Rochester and Southern Ontario will have the opportunity to sell tickets for the Bills vs. Minnesota Vikings Kids Day Game on August 16 at Ralph Wilson Stadium for just $20.00. For every $20.00 ticket sold, $5.00 will go back to the school. Schools interested in participating in the fundraising effort can contact Sara Beth Fisher at 716-312-8917 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The Kids Day Game will feature youth-themed tailgating, an exclusive gameday giveaway, interactive games, face painting, Buffalo Jills Cheerleaders, Billy Buffalo, as well as post-game fireworks.
—Fifty Yard Finish: On Saturday, June 29, participants can take part in a half marathon, 5k or kids 1-mile run that will begin at Ralph Wilson Stadium, continue through the village and town of Orchard Park and finish at the 50 yard line on the field. Follow along with buffalobills.com journalist Hannah Buehler as she trains with Bills Strength and Conditioning Coach Dan Liburd for the race. Details can be found here: Fifty Yard Finish Details
8:40 am – WR T.J. Graham – The Morning Coffee Club (92.5 WBEE – Rochester)
3:45 pm – WR T.J. Graham – The John DiTullio Show (1280 WHTK – Rochester)
QUOTE OF THE DAY
BRUCE SMITH, former Buffalo Bills defensive end on the passing of Deacon Jones:
“Deacon and I became very close friends during my days with the Buffalo Bills. I had an opportunity to befriend Deacon and there were some low points or times in my career where I was missing a lot of sacks and I would give Deacon a call and just pick his brain because that’s the type of person Deacon was. He was receptive and always willing to give advice and critique. Those were the things I appreciated about Deacon the most. I’m just in a great deal of shock that we’ve lost not only a legend, but a legendary person.” via NFL AM (6/4)
PHOTOS OF THE DAY
Members of the Buffalo Bills 2013 rookie class attended last night’s Buffalo Bisons vs. Lehigh Valley IronPigs game at Coca-Cola Field. The players took the field prior to the game and first-round selection QB EJ Manuel threw a ceremonial first pitch.
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BuffaloBills.com-Bills host pair of free agent offensive linemen
BuffaloBills.com-Bills join in support of Jim Kelly
BuffaloBills.com-Hall of Fame event has Bills support
Two free agent OL visit Bills
Inside The Bills
Bills on the radio, OL visitors not surprising, Parameters set for EJ contract?, Mario: Condolences to Deacon Jones family
Press Coverage (Buffalo News)
Bruce Smith on Deacon Jones: ‘This is going to be a great loss’
ESPN AFC East Blog
Blogger Blitz: Byrd extension inevitable?
Pro Football Talk
Bills host Tyronne Green, Doug Legursky
Canandaigua Daily Messenger
Buffalo Bills’ T.J. Graham will help train Webster Warriors June 5
AFC East Daily
Nix-gate cellphone pranksters appear in court
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