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Fans call the pick in M&T Bank Draft Day Challenge

Posted Apr 2, 2013

Five winners get exclusive visit with the newest Buffalo Bill


Orchard Park, N.Y.- The Buffalo Bills and M&T Bank are partnering for the seventh annual M&T Bank Draft Day Challenge—a contest where fans predict the Bills first selection of the NFL Draft.

Fans who correctly guess the Bills first NFL Draft pick will be entered to win a prize package. Five winners, selected at random will receive:

  • An exclusive “meet and greet” with the top draft pick
  • A private tour of the Buffalo Bills facilities
  • An autographed NFL Draft helmet

Past winners have enjoyed the chance to get Stephon Gilmore’s early thoughts on facing off against AFC East quarterbacks and C.J. Spiller’s take on his transition from the SEC to the NFL.

Fans can visit www.buffalobills.com/draftdaychallenge or www.facebook.com/mybillscard through April 25th at 5 p.m. EDT to make their prediction. The M&T Bank page regularly provides Bills fans with exclusive content, contests and promotions—starting each season with the Draft Day Challenge. The contest is open to legal residents of the United States who is 13 years of age or older.

“The annual M&T Bank Draft Day Challenge is one of the most popular contests of the year,” said Bruce Popko, Bills Senior Vice President of Business Development. “The contest is fun and engaging from the time our fans enter to the moment they meet our top draft pick.”

“Bills fans are passionate and knowledgeable and the M&T Bank Draft Day Challenge lets them predict their own draft choice for a chance to win. Our long-standing partnership with the Buffalo Bills centers on providing unique opportunities for our customers and fans to engage with the team,” said Peter Eliopoulos, Chief Marketing Officer, M&T Bank.

Last year, Donald Herbert of Hilton, NY, Richard Griswold of Rochester, NY, Kahil Sarikey of Hamburg, NY, Lisa Engler of Depew, NY and David Riederer of West Seneca, NY were chosen at random correctly predicting Stephon Gilmore as the Bills first pick.

M&T Bank is the official bank of the Buffalo Bills. The partnership includes naming rights to the M&T Bank Club at Ralph Wilson Stadium and exclusive rights to offer specially designed Bills checks and debit cards.

M&T Bank founded in 1856, is one of the top 20 largest U.S. commercial bank holding companies, with approximately $83 billion in assets.  M&T Bank operates more than 725 branches and in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, and the District of Columbia. For more information, visit www.mtb.com.

Founded in 1959, the Buffalo Bills are one of the most storied franchises in the National Football League (NFL). The Bills have won two American Football League (AFL) Championships (1964 - 1965) and won an NFL record four straight AFC Championships (1990 - 1993) that included four trips to the Super Bowl. The Bills are a progressive organization and pride themselves on the regionalization of their team. They hold their training camp in Rochester, NY and were the first NFL team ever to play a home game in Canada with the Bills Toronto Series that began in 2008. As Western New York’s top-rated sports and entertainment choice, the Bills annually entertain three quarters of a million fans at Ralph Wilson Stadium, produce the region’s number-one rated sports television programming, have one of the NFL’s largest fan clubs with the Bills Backers, and host the most visited team website in Western New York. Under the guidance of Hall of Fame member and original team founder, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr., the Bills will play one regular season game in Toronto in 2013. For more Bills information, visit buffalobills.com, call (716) 648-1800, become a fan on Facebook at facebook.com/buffalobills, follow the Bills on Twitter at twitter.com/buffalobills or get the Bills mobile app via buffalobills.com/fans/mobile-app.html.