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Arthur Moats wins United Way Team NFL Playoff Challenge


Buffalo Bills linebacker Arthur Moats was named the winner of the United Way Team NFL Playoff Challenge on Sunday.

One player from each NFL team encouraged as many fans as possible to pledge to volunteer to their community. Moats and Seattle’s Cliff Avril made the final twosome heading into Super Bowl week. Through online and social media promotion, Moats encouraged 7,930 fans to pledge to volunteer.

Moats earned a $10,000 grant for the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County.

Moats, 25, just finished his fourth season with the Bills. He won the Bills’ Walter Payton Man of the Year award for his extensive community-service work. He also won the Ed Block Courage Award, given for inspiration, sportsmanship and courage. Moats serves as the Bills’ United Way Worldwide Spokesman and also served as an intern for the United Way in 2012. He just completed his first season as the official UW Worldwide Spokesman. Among his off-the-field endeavors this past year were supporting the NFL’s Play 60 initiative for youngsters, breast cancer awareness, the Food Bank of Wester New York and the Buffalo Public Schools.

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    Great to hear good stories like this ! Congrats Arthur, ya did us proud !

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