It's called the Buffalo News Prep Talk Awards and organizers have recruited former Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson to be the guest speaker.  This year's 4th annual Prep Talk Awards is set for Wednesday, June 14th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.  The Prep Talk Awards recognize male and female high school athletes, coaches, teams and sports programs in more than 30 sports.  

Before his unexpected cut from the roster in August, 2015, Jackson played nine seasons for the Bills, becoming the team's third all-time leading rusher.  Beyond what he did on the field he was one of the fans' all-time favorite players who was personally active in many local charitable causes.

Jackson played his college football at Division III Coe College and was invited to Bills training camp in 2006 by then Bills GM Marv Levy, who also attended Coe College.  In 2009 he became the first player in NFL history to total more than 1,000 yards in both rushing and kick returns

After being released by the Bills Jackson played sparingly for one season for the Seattle Seahawks.  He didn't play last year and has said he'd love to retire as a Buffalo Bill.  What might happen some day is that he signs a one day contract with the Bills so that he can officially retire as a Bill.

Former Bills have been popular guest speakers for the Prep Talk Awards.  Steve Tasker and Andre Reed have spoken at two of the three previous events.  Olympic gold medalist Steve Mesler was the guest speaker last year.




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