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Bills Life: Phillips graduates from Stanford

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1. *Phillips graduates from Stanford*

For rookie defensive tackle Harrison Phillips, goal setting and dreaming have always been a significant part of his life. In a previous interview with Bills Insider Chris Brown, Phillips’ mother shared stories about her son’s childhood and his desire to succeed.

“We would tell the kids for dreams to come true you have to set little goals first and then hopefully as you accomplish those you’ll get to the big one,” Mrs. Phillips explained. That’s what we started with, but of course Harrison went right for the big one.”

Well, Phillips has certainly reached one of the big ones this past week, when he graduated from Stanford University – one of the top three most selective undergraduate programs in the United States. Phillips double majored in science, technology, society (STS) and sociology, while minoring in education. The rookie attended the graduation ceremony in California to celebrate his accomplishment.

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2. McCoy and son reel one in

Running back LeSean McCoy continued his Father’s Day celebration with vacation in Miami Beach, Florida, on Wednesday, June 20. While enjoying the sunset and waterfront in tropical south Florida, McCoy and his son were jumping for joy and screaming with excitement as they reeled in two fish. This was an unfamiliar experience for McCoy and especially his son, as little Shady backed away when it came time to unhook the fish from the line. McCoy enjoyed watching his son’s reaction and took to Instagram to share all the fun.

“Wow a new experience fishing… we both learned some new things today,” he described.

It was a picturesque evening filled with long lasting memories.

3. One Buffalo Pet Adoption helps families find the one

It was a special and adorable day at the KeyBank Center, on Saturday, June 16, when over 15 local animal shelters and rescue groups came together under one roof for the One Buffalo Pet Adoption. The event, which featured dozens of dogs and cats ready to find their forever home, brought in many interested adopters. General manager Brandon Beane and his wife, Hayley, who are passionate about pet adoption and have adopted dogs throughout their marriage, attended the event to show their support. Throughout the day, many made the leap to get a new dog or cat, not only benefiting an amazing cause, but also gaining a new furry friend.

4. Bills players celebrate Father’s Day with their families

This Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17, Bills players spent some quality time with their families and friends. To show their appreciation, many took to social media to thank their fathers and children for the positive influence they’ve had on their lives. Tight end Logan Thomas, who has his hands full with four boys, posed with them in a photo posted on his Twitter.

“So proud to have these four call me Dad today and every day,” he expressed.

Fullback Patrick DiMarco showed off his fun-filled Father’s Day with a photo of with his wife and son at an Atlanta Braves game. He described the fun and wished his own father a joyful day.

“Happy Father’s Day to my pops and all the other great dads out there!” exclaimed DiMarco.

Other players and alumni also thanked their fathers for all they have done for them, including long snapper Reid Ferguson.

“This guy right here, my biggest fan, thanks for everything Dad!”, he said.

Offensive tackle Dion Dawkins also took the chance to brag about his father on Instagram describing, “Greatness in every step he Takes…”

Some also paid tribute to their fathers, including Bills former quarterback Jim Kelly.

“Happy Father’s Day Dad. I miss spending time with you, well all your sons do. You were my hero, my role model, thanks for being there for all of us. Enjoy eternity and give Mom and Hunter a Kelly hug. RIP.

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