1. Poyer’s first pitch
The Buffalo Bisons had a special guest at their Monday, May 7, game against the Rochester Redwings. Bills safety Jordan Poyer threw the ceremonial first pitch and brought along a group to help him out. Poyer was joined by kids from Camp Good Days for a special night at the ball park including on-field access before the game.
2. Edmunds receives key to hometown
The first night of the 2018 NFL Draft will be remembered for a lifetime for the entire Edmunds family. Not only did both brothers receive the long-awaited call to play in the NFL, but they made history doing so. For the first time, two siblings were picked in the same round in the same year with Tremaine Edmunds going to the Bills and Terrell Edmunds going to the Steelers.
To celebrate their achievement, the two brothers were given a key to their hometown, Danville, Virginia. Taking it back to where they first found their passion for football, the Edmunds brothers were honored before a loud cheering crowd at the Dan River High School football field. After being presented with the key, the duo signed autographs and thanked their parents for their never-ending guidance and support.
3. Alexander Day!
When Arron Brown, a fourth-grade teacher at Pembroke Intermediate School, reached out on Twitter to linebacker Lorenzo Alexander last May all he hoped for was a reply. However, what he got was much more. Over the past year Alexander has become a mentor to the school’s fourth grade class, encouraging the students to read more with monthly reading competitions, attending several school events and even providing tickets to home games.
To honor the time he has spent with them, the school decided to host a Lorenzo Alexander Day on May 7. While unable to attend due to offseason workouts, Alexander made a point to send a video message to the group thanking them for the honor. However, seeing the kids succeed meant more to him than a day in his honor.
“It’s really cool the impact you can have,” stated Alexander in an interview with Jonah Bronstein of the Buffalo News. “That the time I’ve invested inspired them to read more. Going out there to help a teacher with his class and share my story, hopefully I can change some young ladies and young men’s perspective of what life looks like for a professional athlete.”
4. Special teamers visit Bills fans at Oishei Children’s Hospital
Bills punter Colton Schmidt and long snapper Reid Ferguson made an afternoon trip to Oishei Children’s Hospital on Wednesday, May 9. The pair brought smiles to many patients’ faces and distributed fleece blankets made by the Bills Women’s Association.
5. Clay’s Football Camp happening this weekend
Little Rock Arkansas natives are in for a treat this weekend. Children grades one through eight were welcomed at a football camp hosted by Buffalo’s tight end Charles Clay. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to participate in drills and learn skills from one of the best.
6. Kelly Tough
In March, Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly had surgery to remove cancer that had returned. Despite being on the road to recovery and still having surgeries to complete, Kelly plans to walk in the upcoming Kelly Tough 12K held at the ADPRO Sports Training Center on Friday, May 18.
The Kelly Tough 12K is an event to support the Hunter’s Hope Foundation. Founded in 1997 by the Kelly family, Hunter’s Hope Foundation aims to raise awareness and funding for a cure for Krabbe disease and other Leukodystrophies, as well as newborn screening.