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  • Bills RB Spiller supports golf tournament in Canandaigua

  • Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller took a break from preparing for the 2013 National Football League season to travel to Canandaigua to support the Ontario Charities Classic Golf Tournament on Wednesday.It’s the second-straight year the star player came to Centerpointe Golf Club to help area YMCAs. Sp...
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  • Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller took a break from preparing for the 2013 National Football League season to travel to Canandaigua to support the Ontario Charities Classic Golf Tournament on Wednesday.
    It’s the second-straight year the star player came to Centerpointe Golf Club to help area YMCAs. Spiller didn’t golf in the tournament, but waited at one of the holes and interacted with the golfers as they came through.
    “I was fortunate to be a part of it last year and I thought it would be great to have another opportunity to come back this year and give back to the community,” the Bills star said. “They give so much to our team in Buffalo.”
    Canandaigua YMCA Senior Program Director Melissa Gaspary was excited to have Spiller back for the 24th year of the tournament. A total of 25 teams of four signed up to play and the money raised will support the Canandaigua, Clifton Springs and Geneva YMCAs.
    “One of the major things we look at is the summer camp programs, it helps offset costs for a lot of kids that may not be able to attend camp,” Gaspary said. “It also helps with swimming, sports and other enrichment programs.”
    Two of the first fans to meet Spiller were Farmington residents M.J. and Kendra Lord. The children wore the jersey of Spiller’s alma matter — Clemson University — and received autographs. M.J., 5, said it was “cool” to meet the Buffalo player. He said his favorite part was taking a picture with Spiller.
    The Bills wrapped up their final minicamp earlier this month and Spiller and his teammates begin training camp at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford on July 28.
    Spiller is coming off a breakout year where he averaged 6.0 yards per carry and ran for a total of 1,244 yards and six touchdowns. Big things are expected of the 25-year-old in 2013.
    “Everybody wants to see if you can duplicate what you did the previous year,” Spiller said. “I’m working extremely hard to try to better myself and try to help my team win. If I’m able to duplicate what I did last year that’d be great, but if I don’t and we still make the playoffs, that’d be even more wonderful.”
    Buffalo has a new coaching staff this year and Spiller is excited about the team’s new offense, but the ball carrier knows he won’t be able to sneak up on opposing defenses this year after emerging as one of the league’s top runners in 2012.
    Former Bills coach Chan Gailey was questioned for taking Spiller out of the game in key situations last year. Spiller isn’t sure what will happen this year since offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett’s up-tempo offense is still new to him.
    Page 2 of 2 - “If I feel I can’t go full speed, I’ll definitely go to the sideline and let Fred (Jackson) or whoever the other back is go in,” he said. “The good thing for us is we have a great stable of backs who can go in and get the job done, not just one person. We all pride ourselves on being in top-notch shape, but at the end of the day you have to be smart. It’s a long season and you want to be just as healthy at the end of it.”
    Spiller opted not to golf in the Ontario Charities Classic Golf Tournament. He isn’t too bad on the course though.
    “I’m getting better,” Spiller said. “It’s still a work in progress. It’s definitely not my main job and I’m going to keep it like that. It’s definitely a great sport.”

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