Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 5/20

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 19: Former NFL player Joe DeLamielleure throws out the first pitch before the game between the Cleveland Indians and the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 19, 2011 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

Bills' first two games are sold out - The Buffalo News
"The team gave season-ticket holders the chance to buy individual-game seats on May 16, which resulted in the sell-out of the individual game allotment for the Chiefs and Pats."

Joe DeLamielleure: NFL, union still haven't done enough for retired players | Detroit Free Press
"But DeLamielleure, a former Michigan State standout and Hall-of-Fame offensive lineman for the Buffalo Bills, said it’s not enough. 'What other organization of Hall of Famers has to meet to help their former players?' DeLamielleure said Friday; Gridiron Greats raises money to assist retired players in need. 'There is none. And the answer is because they don’t treat the guys right. It’s ridiculous.'"

Inside The Bills | Bills helping ‘Night of Champions’
"Bills RB Fred Jackson, former 8-time Pro Bowl guard Ruben Brown and Bills Hall of Fame OL Joe DeLamielleure will all be taking part in the ‘Night of Champions’ fundraising bash for inner-city youth on Wed. May 23rd."

John Torres: Gentler NFL not possible, vets say | FLORIDA TODAY
"Neither would former Buffalo Bills safety Matt Darby, who was in Cocoa Beach on Friday afternoon promoting exercise and nutrition on behalf of the NFL’s Play60 and Fuel Up with the National Dairy Council, despite having to quit playing after only five seasons due to concussions."

Former NFL star offers area kids life lessons - TribToday.com
"Work ethic, character, morals, values and those things that are important in life because football is only going to last a certain amount of time," Beebe said. "It's going to be over and then what? Most of them it's going to be high school and it'll be done. Then they have to go be fathers, husbands and they got to get a job. If they don't have the groundwork of character and those values in life, they're going to struggle."

Scott Pitoniak: Ruminating on Vince Young, Yogi and other sports topics
"I’m not worried about Young becoming a toxic influence in the locker room. He realizes he needs to be a model citizen and teammate in order to resurrect his once promising football career. And if he is foolish enough to cause problems he’ll be out on the street looking for football employment again."

Toronto series is necessary to keep the Bills in Buffalo | The Penalty Flag
"While there are many that are rooting for the Bills to stay in Buffalo including Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, George Wilson and others need to realize that Buffalo needs to do whatever it takes to make sure they stay put. For a small market team like the Bills they are forced to be creative and need to come up with every avenue, street and road to find a way to keep the team in Buffalo."

BillsMafia? | GETREALFOOTBALL.COM
"If you’re not a Buffalo Bills fan or don’t know someone who is your probably asking what’s BillsMafia? This is a movement started by die hard Bills fans in 2010 that watched with the rest of the world a dropped pass by Stevie Johnson. That pass meant a lot to him and also fans but it’s what happened after the game that had everybody talking. The infamous "God" tweet that Stevie Johnson tweeted was later retweeted by ESPN’s Adam Schefter."

AFC Needs – 2012 Update (Post-Draft) | The Fantasy Greek
"With the exception of adding another tight-end, which was not a priority, the Bills did a great job of hitting two home-runs with their first two picks. The Bills look to have made marked improvement on both the defensive side and offensive side of the football this off-season."

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