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Bills Life: DiMarco hits the books

Posted Mar 1, 2018

In this week's column, we take a look at Bills fullback Pat DiMarco's role as a student, which Bills player is welcoming a new addition to his family and much more.

DiMarco hits the books

Father, husband and NFL athlete are just a few roles that Bills fullback Pat DiMarco has embraced.

Not only has he enjoyed spending time with his family this offseason, he’s taken on another role – a student. Joining NFL athletes from around the country for the NFL Business Academy, DiMarco is committed to his personal growth and development. The program, which ran from Sunday, Feb. 25 to Thursday, Feb. 28, introduces athletes to a comprehensive business management and entrepreneurship curriculum. Held in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the program featured three concentrations: franchising, real estate and philanthropy.

DiMarco, a first-time participant, found the program very valuable, as it equips athletes with tools they need to be successful in a variety of different business areas.  

“It was really beneficial, it blew me away,” said DiMarco. “I learned a lot of information, met a lot of good, like-minded guys who are current and former players and networked really well while we were there. We had a lot of amazing speakers, who’ve had so much success in the business world. It was definitely huge for me along with several other players. We’re investing in ourselves.”

With sessions on business plans, marketing, accounting, real estate and much more, the Business Academy proved a great way for the athletes to think about which career path they will take following football. Hearing from former NFL players, who have since found success in business, was also inspiring for DiMarco.

“You’re investing in yourself, you’re investing in the transition, you’re learning,” said DiMarco. “Through the NFL we have some great programs…It’s a really cool thing…. A few of the guys [in attendance] were former players. One of them is a financial advisor [and] one of them is an entrepreneur. There were a lot of guys from other teams who had some cool ideas. We all ran our ideas off each other.”

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes…

For Bills wide receiver Jordan Matthews, this offseason has been one he’ll always remember. Like his teammate Jordan Poyer, Matthews recently tied the knot. After marrying Washington Spirit player Cheyna Williams, Matthews took to social media to celebrate and share his excitement for this new chapter in his life. Beaming with joy, the newlyweds also announced that they’ll be welcoming a new member to their family this August. Talk about good genes.  

Congrats, J Matt!

Kim Pegula a panelist at MIT conference

Bills Owner Kim Pegula, recently took part in ‘The Evolution of Sports Business’ panel hosted by MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Held on Day 1 of the 2018 Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, Pegula was one of five industry leaders who were selected to address topics impacting sports today. Sharing the stage with the likes of CEO of On Location Experiences John Collins, Chairman of the Board, CEO and President of the United States Tennis Association Katrina Adams, Philadelphia 76ers CEO Scott O’Neil and NFL Chief Operating Officer Tod Leiweke and, Pegula brought a unique perspective to the conversation as an NFL owner.

During the Q&A session, Pegula answered questions on how sports business is constantly changing, navigating the fan experience and the global impact of sports.

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Like father, like son

Running back LeSean McCoy has certainly made the most of his break from football. From his trip to Orlando for the Pro Bowl, to vacationing in Brazil with some of his closest friends, Shady has been on the go. However, despite his many adventures, McCoy’s dedication to his family is top priority and he never misses an opportunity to hang out with his son. In a video posted on McCoy’s Instagram, it’s clear that little Shady may already be taking after his dad in more ways than one. Hitting the gym together, the youngster showed off his speed and athleticism. Make way, there’s a new McCoy in town.

Zay Jones pays visit to the Hope House

It didn’t take long during his rookie campaign for wide out Zay Jones to develop a lasting connection the Western New York Community. Continuing his efforts this offseason, Jones has spent time visiting with different groups throughout the area and recently made his way to the Hope House. While at the center, which supports local women and children, Jones sat down for dinner, played games with the kids and watched movies.