1. Tre White and Bills rookies spread holiday cheer
On Tuesday, Dec. 12, over fifteen Bills players including WR Zay Jones, CB Tre’Davious White, LB Tanner Vallejo, LB Matt Milano, T Conor McDermott, T Dion Dawkins, WR Brandon Reilly, TE Keith Towbridge, WR Malachi Dupre, TE Jason Croom, DE Marquavius Lewis, LB Deon Lacey, LB Lorenzo Alexander, C Eric Wood and C Adam Redmond joined 100 kids from 11 different community organizations for the Bills Toyota Rookie Club annual holiday party. This year, the event took place at the Hamburg Fairgrounds Festival of Lights.
The players had the opportunity to spend time with young fans and participate in several holiday-themed activities, including meeting Santa, interactive games and riding on a bus through the lights display.
Many of the Bills players thoroughly enjoyed the chance to get into the holiday spirit with the kids and Tre’Davious White was no exception.
“I was just like them a few years ago,” stated White. “You know putting that pressure on my mom because she spoiled us, she raised us. I know how it is to be that single parent and pretty much have to carry the load. It means a lot to know that the Buffalo Bills are teaming up with the rookies to come here and give back. For the people that really see us in person, it’s the ultimate… a dream come true for them.”
Veteran, Lorenzo Alexander was just as touched by the overall experience.
“It’s important to me,” stated Alexander. “It’s something me and my family, take pride in but really a special part in our heart because we’ve been blessed [with] so much. Just to be able to go out and use our platform, our resources to help other people, bless other people, that’s really what life is all about.”
2. The O-line and special teamers save the day
Following a one-of-a kind game last Sunday against the Colts, Bills players celebrated the win by helping Buffalo natives who were stuck in the snow. Center Eric Wood, punter Colton Schmidt, long snapper Reid Ferguson, tackle Dion Dawkins, guard Ryan Groy and tackle Conor McDermott were on their way to warm up in a local restaurant, when their great strength and stature was needed. The group spent over an hour helping several different individuals stuck in the snow, shoveling and pushing many of their cars.
“We were just having dinner, just relaxing,” stated Dion Dawkins. “We noticed people couldn’t get out of their parking spots so we put our jackets and went out and shoveled them out and pushed them out. I even got in the car and drove one of the cars.”
As stated in an article from buffalonews.com, many of those lucky fans were more than grateful to have the Bills help.
“It says a lot about them, and we’re just very grateful,” stated Peggy Manning to interviewer, Sean Kirst.
To read more about how the Bills saved the day, click here.
3. Help Eddie Yarbrough ukulele his way to Hollywood
Bills defensive end Eddie Yarbrough has already proven his athleticism on the field, but did you know he was musically inclined as well? While attending the University of Wyoming, Yarbrough learned how to play the ukulele from a teammate in a mere three weeks and hasn’t put the instrument down since. When he is not playing in the locker room for his teammates, Yarbrough uses his talents for good, hoping to raise money for the Special Olympics Colorado and Boys & Girls Club. This time he could use your help!
Vote for Yarbrough for Sports Illustrated’s Most Valuable Performer. Yarbrough is competing against players from several other NFL teams for the chance to showcase and compete his unique talent in front of a panel of judges.
Check out his audition video, and vote here.
4. Buffalo Bills Military Appreciation: Technical Sergeant Alexander Pacheco
During the Bills Week 14 game against the Colts, Technical Sergeant Alexander Pacheco was honored during the third quarter break. Throughout his 12 years of service, Technical Sergeant Pacheco served as a medic, a training instructor and recruiter all over the world, including two tours to Iraq and at the Niagara Falls Air Force Base. Technical Sergeant Pacheco received several awards including the Air Force Commendation medal and the Achievement Medal during his years of service. It was an honor for him to be recognized in front of the snowy crowd at New Era Field on Dec. 10.
5. Thurman Thomas’ First Annual Holiday Bash
The Thurman Thomas Foundation hosted its first ever holiday bash last week! The event was a huge success, featuring raffles, a live auction and special guests including alumnus Jim Kelly, and current Bills tight end Nick O’Leary, defensive tackle Kyle Williams and running back LeSean McCoy. Guests and Thomas enjoyed the opportunity to get into the spirit of the season by gathering gifts for local families!