Bills spend Valentine’s Day visiting local heroes

Posted Feb 15, 2017

This Valentine's Day, the Bills spent time giving back to Buffalo's heroes at a local VA Hospital.

To get into the Valentine’s Day spirit, Bills tackle Cyrus Kouandjio and defensive line coach Mike Waufle teamed up with Booker Edgerson, Lou Piccone, Bob Dugan and Marlon Kerner of the Buffalo Bills Alumni Association to spend quality time visiting veterans at a local VA Hospital. The memorable afternoon kicked off with guest introductions and group assignments.

While touring the hospital, the Bills delivered Valentine’s Day cards created by students in the area, signed autographs and thanked the veterans for their service.

Reflecting on the experience, Kouandjio explained the importance of getting out and giving back to the community – especially to our veterans who have given so much to ensure our freedom.

“I think it’s a great day for us to come in and show our appreciation and spread love to the guys that make things possible,” said Kouandjio. “It’s important for everybody to come out and support our warriors. We all understand that our freedom isn’t free.”

For Coach Waufle, who served in the United States Marine Corps, the day took on extra meaning.

“Any time you can make someone feel great inside and you’re doing something to reach out to them, and especially thank them for the service to our country, [that] makes it even more special for them,” said Waufle. “If it wasn’t for the Marine Corps, I wouldn’t be where I’m at right now, as far as the discipline that I acquired during the time I was in there. But just talking to the veterans there today and [learning about] some of their backgrounds…for the most part I hit every branch of the service in there…and so it was an impressive day.”

During their visit, the Bills spread cheer and brought smiles to the faces of all those they encountered. Making friendships and memories that will last a lifetime, the group was thrilled to spend Valentine’s Day honoring Buffalo’s heroes.