BLASDELL, N.Y. - Thursday was the 16th Ilio DiPaolo's awards night in Blasdell. Scholarships were awarded to student-athletes who excell in the classroom and athletics, as well as contributing to family and community.
The event always brings out a number of former Buffalo Bills. With reports that around 30 current players will soon be in the area working out on their own thanks to the NFL lockout, some of the former players shared their thoughts on the importance of staying in football shape.
"Well I think they need to do that because they are in a situation where they can't workout the way they normally workout," said former Bills cornerback Booker Edgerson. "They get paid a lot of money. Fans are paying a lot of dollars to go see these guys play. They need to be in shape and they need to be in shape to play the game the way it's supposed to be played and not short change the fans."
"I think the league has progressed to a point now where it is no question a 12 month a year job," said former Bills wide receiver Steve Tasker. "There is no off-season for these guys, it's a way of life. I think this is one challenge, particularly with the lockout, that they're trying to overcome, each in their own way."