Johnson was arrested multiple times because of guns
and was reinstated from a suspension on the condition he forsake ownership. One time, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell pleaded with him over the phone not to purchase a Glock after Johnson caught two men trying to burglarize
A day after Johnson's rookie presentation, authorities arrested New England Patriots tight
end Aaron Hernandez. He's facing murder and five gun-related charges.
Let's just say the NFL is hyper-sensitive about guns these
AURORA, Ohio -- Aeneas Williams didn't have an NFL
orientation when he entered the league in 1991. He had to figure it out
Whatever he did, it worked. And his methods were so effective they also
helped mold a rare 21st-century Buffalo Bills star.
Williams went to eight Pro Bowls for the Arizona Cardinals
and St. Louis Rams. He's in the Cardinals' Ring of Honor.
The turning point for Williams, he told a roomful of AFC
rookies Tuesday night, was reaching out to former San Diego Chargers cornerback
Gill Byrd for advice. The deep bond their families developed led to Williams
mentoring Byrd's son, the Bills' two-time Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd.
AURORA, Ohio -- The NFL Rookie Symposium has been
loaded with anecdotes about how easily big money will slip through
most players' fingers.
With the AFC's rookie class hooting for him not to do it,
eight-time Pro Bowl defensive back Aeneas Williams made a point Tuesday night by
feeding a $20 bill into a paper shredder.
"I want to give you guys a picture," said Williams, the mentor to unsigned Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd. "Once it's gone,
can you get it back? Whatever amount of money you get, I don't care if it's
millions or hundreds of thousands, once you give it away, you ain't getting it
"I want you guys to remember this picture because there
will be a lot of people trying to get your money, and you'll feel like, 'Dog, I
got it. It won't hurt me at all.' "
BEREA, Ohio -- Manti Te'o has spent the past few
days sitting through seminars and listening to roundtables at the NFL Rookie
With everything the San Diego Chargers linebacker has endured, he probably could stroll on stage and easily conduct a
presentation of his own.
"I think everybody at this point could give a good
seminar on media," Te'o said this morning at a Play 60 event on the
Cleveland Browns' practice fields. "For me, I definitely could do
BEREA, Ohio -- Occasionally, a thick cloud would
obscure the sweltering sun and provide a fleeting respite.
On the fields behind the Cleveland Browns' training
facility this morning, an NFL Play 60 event would seem like a blithe community interlude,
where AFC rookies interacted with local kids and taught some fundamentals.
Sweat streamed down Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel's
"I feel like this is a practice for me," Manuel
Individual-game tickets for the Buffalo Bills' home games will go on sale July 9 and 10, the team announced.
Sales for the general public open at 9 a.m. July 10. There is a "presale" that starts at 9 a.m. July 9 for fans who are connected to the team online through its website and social media sites. That includes fans who have signed up to the team's site via email or who have followed the team on Facebook, Twitter or the team's mobile application. To sign up, visit www.buffalobills.com/ticketpresale.
Season tickets still are on sale, but individual tickets for the regular-season home opener against New England on Sept. 8 are sold out.
Season-ticket holders already had the chance to buy extra individual tickets. Group tickets (blocks of 15 or more) also previously went on sale to the general public.
Fans can buy tickets at the stadium ticket office, via the team's website or at 1-877-BBTICKS.
AURORA, Ohio -- The AFC's newest players were
struggling to pay attention this afternoon at the NFL Rookie Symposium.
Doctors talked about steroids being a banned substance and
how many beers it takes for a 200-pound man to get drunk and that a
government-issued ID is required every time a player takes a urine test and ...
The rookies squirmed in their chairs, rubbed
their scalps and rolled their necks around simply to stay awake. One player,
mouth agape and face pointed toward the ceiling, openly slept.
Rest assured, they were awake when Chris Herren walked onto
the stage and told his life story.
Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.
Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.
Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.