1. The sneaky way Robert Foster paid it forward
Bills undrafted rookie free agent Robert Foster has made quite an impression since returning to the 53-man roster. However, the first-year wide receiver out of Alabama isn’t only doing his part on the field, he’s making strides off it. Recently, as shared first in a Facebook post and then confirmed by the Buffalo News and Foster, Foster made a very kind gesture for a local stranger.
While out shopping for a sweat suit, Foster came across a mother, Lori Stearns, and her 14-year-old son, Mikey, who were looking to purchase a new pair of sneakers. While Mikey tried on a pricey pair of his dream sneaks, Foster, who shares a love for the fashionable footwear, approached him to let him know that they were on him.
“I used to go to my dad and my mom about sneakers and I would always want the first pair of Jordans or Nikes that came out,” said Foster. “So, I was just like, let me help. I give sneakers away all the time. Sneakers are like the thing now.”
Despite thanking him and insisting that the act of kindness was not necessary, Foster took it upon himself to buy the sneakers for Mikey. Making Mikey’s day and this holiday season one to remember, Foster stated that he just wanted to pay it forward.
“It’s just the little kid really liked the sneakers…and I bought them for him,” said Foster. “I helped the kid out.
“I always believe that you give, and you shall receive…It can be at any time. So, I just wanted to bless that kid and put a smile on somebody’s face because God has been blessing me. I just wanted to bless him.”
2. Shaq Lawson shares impactful message with Buffalo Public School students
Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson recently paid a visit to McKinley High School. Although his stay was brief, his message was impactful. Lawson got real with the students when he opened up to them about his family life and the struggles he faced when he was growing up. He shared sorrows from his past when he told them about his father passing away in a car accident involving a drunk driver and about his brother who has been in prison for almost 20 years. Lawson also shared hopeful tales about his present situation.
As he sat on stage in front of nearly 40 high schoolers, he hoped that his words would make a difference and inspire the students to strive for greatness. Lawson even took questions from the eager students and provided them with genuine, heartfelt responses.
"Hopefully I impact somebody in some type of way," Lawson said to WIVB reporter Kelsey Anderson. "This is my job to do that... and continue to be around the youth."
Although he is still in the early stages of his NFL career, Lawson has shown growth on the field and in his commitment to giving back to those around him.
3. Pancho Billa becomes first-ever Bills fan named to Buffalo Fan Wall of Fame
Bills superfan Ezra Castro, more commonly known as “Pancho Billa,” recently received some exciting news. The longtime Bills supporter was named to the BFLO Hall of Fame Experiences’ Buffalo Fan Wall of Fame. The honor is humbling for Castro, as he is the first Buffalo fan to receive it. The Buffalo Fan Wall of Fame, although not yet open, is just one of the many unique exhibits that will be offered at the BFLO Hall of Fame Experience.
The Buffalo Fan Wall of Fame will pay tribute to the passionate fans that make Buffalo a great city due to their unwavering dedication to their sports teams, musicians and broadcasters. Annually, a devout and longtime Buffalo fan will be recognized on the Wall of Fame. Those who are selected will receive a membership to the Hall and a permanent plaque on the Wall. Nominations can be made on the organization’s website by clicking here.
4. A Hall of Fame caliber holiday party
Bills Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas and his family will once again ring in the holidays while supporting a good cause. On behalf of their Thomas Family Foundation, the Thomas’ will host their “Holidaze” event on Friday, Dec. 14, which will provide guests with an evening filled with all the trimmings. The winter wonderland-themed party will feature carolers, a special appearance by Mr. and Mrs. Claus, specialty cocktails, sweet treats, photo booths, entertainment and of course, dancing.
Proceeds generated from the evening will benefit local youth by giving them the gift of education. Scholarships will be granted to students who, despite enduring financial hardship, have completed their first year of college.