By Mark Gaughan
Former Indianapolis Colts All-Pro center Jeff Saturday will receive the top award at the 12th annual Call to Courage Award breakfast on April 6.
The event will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo, and tickets still are available.
Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Frank Reich created the event to recognize an NFL player who exemplifies outstanding character, commitment and leadership on the field and in the community. Past winners include Curtis Martin, Kurt Warner and London Fletcher.
This year's event also will recognize the 20th anniversary of the greatest comeback in NFL history -- the Bills' wild-card playoff victory over the Houston Oilers in 1993.
Reich will be joined by former Bills Andre Reed, Steve Tasker, Don Beebe and Kenneth Davis. The event will include video highlights of the game and a panel discussion on it. Those attending will get a limited-edition comeback poster. Bills kicker Rian Lindell is honorary chairman of this year's breakfast.
Also to be honored is retired U.S. Army Major Anthony Smith from Arkansas. In 2004, Smith took a direct hit from a rocket-propelled grenade while serving in Iraq. The missile went through his hip and stomach before it exploded, throwing him against a brick wall. Shrapnel took off his arm and the enemy fired several rounds at his maimed body. Smith was declared killed in action and placed in a body bag. As the bag was being zipped shut, it was noticed that Smith still was alive.
Tickets are $40 each. For information call 716-559-1800 or look to aiabuffalo on Facebook.