Bills Life: Poyer participates in charity basketball event

Posted Apr 12, 2018

In this week's column, check out how Jordan Poyer tested his talents on the basketball court, LeSean McCoy gave broadcasting a try and where players are spending the last of their offseason before returning to Orchard Park.

1. Poyer participates in charity basketball event

Safety Jordan Poyer can ball! Over the weekend, Poyer participated in a charity basketball event hosted by one of his NFL friends, Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman. The event pitted NFL stars including the Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown against one another on the basketball court instead of the football field. Proceeds from the event benefited Norman’s foundation which provides enrichment programs to children and communities. 

2. McCoy attends Broadcast Bootcamp

Running back LeSean McCoy is taking full advantage of his free time this offseason. After traveling and spending time with his family, McCoy spent the past week participating in the NFL’s 12th annual Broadcast Bootcamp. The program provides current and former players a chance to learn everything about broadcasting from professionals at major networks including FOX, NBC and the NFL Network. Some of this year’s featured sessions include “Calling a Game” allowing players like McCoy to try calling a game from a sideline position.

Boot camp on the way ..

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3. From the beaches to Buffalo

Bills players are scheduled to report to Orchard Park on Monday, April 16 and many are soaking up the last moments of the offseason by traveling. Defensive end Jerry Hughes is in Coronado, California celebrating his anniversary with his wife, Meghan. The pair even enjoyed a helicopter ride overlooking the beaches. Similarly, kicker Stephen Hauschka and his wife, Lindsey, traveled to Cabo, Mexico for a relaxing parents’ getaway.

Parents’ getaway  #cabo #cabosanlucas #vacation #offseason #newparents

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4. Everything you need to know about one of Buffalo’s newest o-lineman

Offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse’s entry into the NFL was memorable for many reasons. He spent the first two days of the 2010 NFL Draft patiently waiting at home with family and friends to get a call to play. While he did receive several offers, none of them seemed to pull through when the cameras were rolling.  It wasn’t until Day 3 when Newhouse ditched his spot waiting in front of the TV for a trip to a taco restaurant in his college town of Fort Worth, that his NFL dreams came true. Proving the best things are worth the wait, Marshall was drafted to the Green Bay Packers and ended his first season with a Super Bowl ring.

Since that first year, Newhouse has utilized league programs to become his best self on and off the field. Recently, he attended the Sports Business Academy where he sat in on seminars with CEOs and founders along with other players from around the league. Though his post-football career interests are always changing, Newhouse enjoyed the opportunity to meet with professional leaders and share in discussions with like-minded individuals.

5. Alexander is a featured guest at Bridging the Gap for Academic Excellence meeting

As an NFL veteran, linebacker Lorenzo Alexander knows that nutrition is the to key success. On Tuesday, April 10, Alexander attended the Bridging the Gap for Academic Excellence conference held in Rochester, New York for the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, presented by the American Dairy Association North East. The conference provided Alexander with the opportunity to share how healthy nutrition played a vital role in his career success. As a key speaker, Alexander not only shared his own experiences with health advocates and school officials, but he encouraged students to do the same. The meeting gave everyone involved a chance to speak on the success of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, which educates students on healthy eating and encourages daily physical activity.

6. Third Quarter break honoree throws first pitch at Bisons game

    WWII veteran Captain Sydney Cole, who was previously honored during a Bills third quarter break, threw the ceremonial first pitch on Thursday at the Bisons’ home opener. The 103-year-old Captain’s story is truly remarkable. From saving his co-pilot when his plane was shot down at “Battle of the Bulge” to surviving a concentration camp, it’s no surprise Captain Cole earned a Purple Heart, one of the highest medals for his years of service.