Bills and M&T Kick off "Touchdown for Teachers"


The Buffalo Bills and M&T Bank have announced the fourth annual "Touchdown for Teachers" program, where teachers are honored for their outstanding service to their schools and communities.

During the December 2, 2012 Buffalo Bills home game vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars, five (5) selected finalists will receive:

  • Two (2) tickets to the Bills home game on December 2nd
  • Pre-game field access to watch warm-ups
  • In-game recognition on the video board
  • An official Buffalo Bills game ball

The Touchdown for Teachers grand prize winner will be announced at the December 2nd, 2012 game and will receive an in-class visit from a Buffalo Bills player and a $1,000 grant to the winning teacher's school.

In addition, the nominators for each of the five finalists will receive two tickets to the game.

Honorees are chosen based on their amount of involvement in the school or community, degree of positive impact on the school or community and their demonstrated commitment to education.  Honorees must be nominated and the application forms are due no later than Friday, November 9th, 2012.  All honorees will be notified no later than Wednesday, November 21st, 2012.

"The Touchdown for Teachers program, in its fourth consecutive year, has proven to be one of our most rewarding programs yet" said Bruce Popko, Bills Senior Vice President of Business Development. "Teachers are the backbone of our region and to be able to honor their efforts coincides with the focus that both M&T Bank and the Bills have in recognizing the outstanding members of our community."

"Teachers are extremely important role models for our children, and provide them with guidance and opportunity," said Bills running back Fred Jackson. "I wouldn't be where I am today without support from the teachers and mentors that I had growing up."

"A number of teachers had a special connection with me growing up in Rochester and helped inspire me to become a lifelong learner. This contest a way for M&T to use our partnership with the Buffalo Bills to thank those teachers working hard to inspire students in classrooms throughout our communities today," said Sam Guerrieri, senior vice president for retail banking for M&T Bank.

Information and nomination forms are available on They can either be submitted online or downloaded and mailed to the Buffalo Bills attention Erica Muhleman at One Bills Drive, Orchard Park, NY 14127 or faxed to 716.312.8603. Teachers nominated must live in the following counties:

Buffalo Area









Rochester Area







McKean County (Erie to Pittsburgh)



M&T Bank is the Official Bank of the Buffalo Bills and the exclusive provider of Bills checks and check cards. Further information about different fan contests and promotions through M&T Bank is available at

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