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Bills and Tops host Bruce Smith appearance

Orchard Park, NY – The Buffalo Bills and local hometown partner Tops Friendly Markets, are teaming up to host a store appearance for all-time defensive end great and Wall of Fame honoree, Bruce Smith. Smith will appear at the Tops location at 4777 Transit Road in Depew, from 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon, Saturday, September 20, 2008.

On Sunday, September 21, 2008, the Bills will honor Smith, an eleven-time Pro Bowler and former NFL MVP, by making him the newest member to the Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame. Smith will become the 25th member of the elite group at an event during the Bills vs. Raiders game at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park.

In addition to their support of the Bruce Smith appearance, Tops is sponsoring the Bills Kickoff Kid contest. Eight winners have been chosen for each home game of the 2008 season to retrieve the tee after the Bills kickoff the football. Tops will announce additional exciting game day promotions and events leading up to the Monday Night Football contest between the Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills. Tops will also partner with the Bills on a special ticket promotion where fans can win Monday Night tickets. Complete details of the partnership between the Buffalo Bills and Tops Friendly Markets will be released in the near future.

Tops Markets, LLC, is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 71 full-service supermarkets and five franchise supermarkets. With over 10,000 associates, Tops is the leading full-service grocery retailer in Western New York, Central New York, including Rochester, and Northwestern Pennsylvania. For more information about Tops Markets, visit the company's Web site at

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 will be the first NFL team ever to play a home game in Canada with the Bills Toronto Series that begins this season. As Western New York's top-rated sports and entertainment choice, the Bills annually entertain nearly one 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. For more Bills information, please visit or call (716) 648-1800.

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