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Two former Buffalo Bills to appear in ads during Super Bowl LIII

Quarterback AJ McCarron, former coach Anthony Lynn talk about the importance of first responders

The Super Bowl is the country’s most-watched event on television, with Sunday’s showdown between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams expected to draw more than 100 million viewers.

While many people (especially in Western New York) will be rooting for the Rams to hand Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the Patriots their fourth loss in nine Super Bowls, just as many will be tuning into the game to watch the commercials.

This year, two former Buffalo Bills appear in a powerful Verizon advertisement championing the hard work and effort put in by our first responders.

The campaign features 12 short spots filmed by renowned director Peter Berg, and focuses on the league’s players and coaches who credit first responders with saving their lives. Called “The Team That Wouldn’t Be Here,” the series features compelling spots with former Bills quarterback AJ McCarron, and former interim head coach Anthony Lynn.

McCarron, who was a member of the Bills during the 2018 preseason before being traded to the Oakland Raiders, has one of the more compelling stories to tell of the impact first responders played in his life. According to the piece, McCarron was jet skiing when, at the age of four, he suffered a horrific injury that nearly claimed his life.

As McCarron states in the commercial, the incident required eight metal plates and six screws to the left side of his face after the driver of the jet ski lost control of the vehicle, causing McCarron to fly head-first into a pier. The segment features interviews with the first responders who saved McCarron’s life, and it is quite emotional.

“Just a true miracle to be alive,” McCarron says while fighting back tears. “To all the first responders, you’re the true heroes of this world. They are the reason I am here.”

Lynn was Buffalo’s interim head coach for the 2016 regular-season finale after serving as an assistant head coach and offensive coordinator. His story as a member of “The Team That Wouldn’t Be Here” addresses how first responders saved his life after he was involved in a hit-and-run accident.

Walking out from the Dallas Cowboys practice facility on Aug. 20, 2005, Lynn and his fellow coaches were preparing to celebrate the end of training camp with a pizza dinner when Lynn was hit by a car and flew 45 to 50 feet. The injury ripped off part of Lynn’s nose and collapsed both of his lungs, and one of the first responders recalled that he “didn’t think this guy is going to make it.”

“Every second matters. If the first responders didn’t get there when they did, and get me an ambulance and get me hooked me up to those machines. I should have died that day and I didn’t,” said Lynn, currently the head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers.

Visit the website to see the films and share your story recognizing first responders. For every story shared, $1 will be donated to first responders across the country.