Bills Life: Hyde heads to Europe

Posted Mar 8, 2018

In this week's column, we take a look at Micah Hyde's offseason tradition, recap Zay Jones' first-ever Sabres game, discover how Eddie Yarbrough is paying it forward and highlight which former Bills player is now attending medical school.

Hyde heads to Europe

From taking a trip to Jamaica for his defensive bestie Jordan Poyer’s wedding, to heading to Cuba with his fiancé Amanda for some unforgettable Havana nights, Bills safety Micah Hyde has done quite a bit of traveling since the season ended. To satisfy his wanderlust, and check a few items off his bucket list, Hyde recently embarked on a new adventure. Setting his sights on Europe, Hyde explained that offseason getaways have become a tradition for him.

“During the offseason, my fiancé and I always try to go on a trip with a group of friends," said Hyde. “This year, we decided we’d go to Barcelona, Rome, Madrid and Morocco.”

Making his first stop at Camp Nou, the NFL vet was ecstatic to visit a different type of futbol club – FC Barcelona.

Joining fellow NFL players such as, Broncos LB Von Miller, Chargers CB Casey Hayward and Browns LB Christian Kirksey, Hyde watched Barcelona take on Athletico Madrid.

“In Barcelona, we were lucky enough to go to a game and witness Messi’s 600th goal,” said Hyde. The Nike headquarters in Barcelona hooked us up with awesome tickets. The energy of the crowd was unreal. During halftime, we were able to meet the president [of FC Barcelona, Josep Maria Bartomeu], as he kindly provided us with custom jerseys with our name on the back.”

Where to next? Well, Rome of course. Hyde paid a visit to some of the city’s most iconic attractions and gave his taste buds a run for their money.

“In Rome, we did a lot of sightseeing, all which blew us away and…ate some of the best food,” he explained. “We head to Madrid today actually and my fiancé and I will head to Morocco a few days after.”

Zay’s all about the Buffalove

While he experienced several “firsts” during his rookie year in Buffalo, wide receiver Zay Jones saved a big one for the offseason. Last night, Jones, who had never been to a NHL game, made his debut appearance downtown to cheer on the Buffalo Sabres. In true One Buffalo fashion, Jones sat in the arena proudly sporting a Jack Eichel jersey, as he watched the Sabres take on the Calgary Flames. During the matchup, Jones met up with Sabretooth, who presented him with a certificate to commemorate his inaugural game, and even got a shout out.

Jones took to social media to share updates throughout the night on what his first-ever hockey game was like and by the end was clearly a fan.

Three’s company

They say that three’s a crowd. However, when it comes to offensive linemen Dion Dawkins, Richie Incognito and Taylor Lewan, it’s more like three’s company. Dawkins recently met up with his Bills teammate and the Titans tackle, where the trio hit the gym together. Learning the ropes from the Pro Bowlers, Dawkins, who will enter his second NFL season in 2018, shared a photo on Instagram.

How Eddie Yarbrough is paying it forward

Bills defensive end Eddie Yarbrough has been giving back to his hometown Aurora, Colorado since he was in high school. A Grandview High alum, Yarbrough spent time working with the school’s Unified Sports program, where he helped provide opportunities for kids with special needs. His dedication to the cause hasn’t wavered since he entered the NFL and recently Yarbrough teamed up with his alma mater and Special Olympics Colorado to celebrate the program’s success over the past eight years. While on campus, Yarbrough, who received a warm welcome, visited with athletes from Grandview Unified and showcased his ongoing support.

Former Bills DT takes on med school

It’s often said that with hard work and perseverance, anything is possible. For former Buffalo Bill Jeremy Towns, this couldn’t be more accurate. After juggling work and football practice in high school, Towns, an Alabama native and A student, received a full scholarship to play ball at Samford University. Following his last year in college, Towns was accepted at the University of South Alabama Medical School. However, with football still on his mind, Towns found himself in an interesting position when the Redskins called him for a workout.

In an interview with Jared Boyd of, Towns explained his decision to live out his passion on the field, putting his studies on hold. Following a brief stint with Washington, Towns then spent time with the Bills and Eagles before moving onto the next chapter in his life as a medical student. Now in his second year, Towns feels blessed for both opportunities. 

"I lived out the professional sports imagination,” said Towns to Boyd. “Now I'm living out the med school imagination.”