Bills Life: Alexander: Football Player by day, guest writer by night

Posted Aug 12, 2017

In this week's Bills Life, we discover another side of Lorenzo Alexander and more.

1. Alexander: Football Player by day, guest writer by night

    Lorenzo Alexander wrote a special guest piece for “Lead ‘Em Up.” “Lead ‘Em Up” is a site dedicated to providing high school coaches with advice for teaching and training youth sports teams. “Knowing your why is everything,” stated Alexander. As a player who continuously gives back to the community, particularly through his ACES Foundation, Alexander understands that many young individuals must overcome more than just tough hits. In his article, he advises young athletes to understand who they are to better themselves on and off the field. To read more of his article, click here.  

    2. A game day experience for a cause

    The Buffalo Bills Player and Coach Community Season Ticket Donation Program gives players and coaches the opportunity to give back to the community, loyal fans and organizations they care about. Contributing players and coaches are given the freedom to choose which groups they are most passionate about and provide them with tickets and food vouchers for a Bills game that they will remember forever. One of the groups in attendance this week at the Bills vs. Vikings game was the enCourage Kids Foundation, as guests of Marcell Dareus. The enCourage Kids Foundation provides children facing health issues with support on each and every step of their medical journey. 

    3. No days off for Shady

    This week on a day off from Bills Training Camp, presented by Connors & Ferris, RB LeSean McCoy participated in The Walk to Defeat ALS. A few years ago, McCoy lost his grandmother to ALS, formally referred to as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. As a way to honor her memory, and continue to work towards finding a cure for the fatal disease, McCoy participated in a one mile walk. Following the walk, he stated, “I play for the Buffalo Bills which makes us friends, but ALS makes us family.” 

    4. Team huddle guest: Olympic Wrestler

    Jordan Burroughs, a 2012 Olympic Gold Medal wrestler and dedicated Bills fan, visited Bills Training Camp, presented by Connors & Ferris, this week. In between watching practice and cheering for his favorite players and fellow Nebraska alum Brandon Reilly, Burroughs had the chance to speak with the team and offer some meaningful advice. While sharing how he turned his passion into a career, Burroughs reminded the Buffalo Bills team to be tough, disciplined and excited for their football careers whether they are rookies just starting out, or have a decade in the game. He left them with advice that will continue to resonate throughout the season, “Everybody makes money. Not everybody makes history.” 

    5. Who is the ”oldest” Bill?

    For the Bills, age is not just a number, it’s a competition to see who is oldest. As recent addition and seasoned vet, Anquan Boldin, adjusts to practices, his teammates are determined to figure out who the oldest Bills is. In a tweet shared by Lorenzo Alexander, welcoming Boldin to Buffalo, the linebacker expresses his excitement that he's no longer the oldest on the team.

    Kyle Williams, however, disagrees sharing in a video “Zo [Lorenzo Alexander] I hope you see this, you’ll always be the oldest [leader] to me.” Either way, the Bills are excited Boldin joined the team and are looking forward to the advice and guidance he will share this upcoming season.