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Salute to Service Award

Harrison Phillips

Harrison Phillips (Defensive Tackle)

Phillips makes it a point in his community outreach to serve those who have served and those who still fight for our country by supporting the local military community in a variety of impactful ways. In 2019, the Bills hosted World War II veterans at a team practice and Phillips – who spent much of the season sidelined while rehabbing a serious knee injury – spent his time that afternoon learning from those who were on the frontlines of war. These lessons of character, grit, teamwork and brotherhood were instilled in Phillips at a young age while looking up to his two grandfathers, who both served in the military. "I know that without the sacrifices they made, I wouldn't be the person I am today or in the position to live out my NFL dreams," said Phillips. "I now find it part of my mission to teach young people – especially kids in my Playmakers Organization – the importance of respecting the military and what these brave people mean to our country." In early spring of 2020, before the pandemic hit, Harrison visited with several veterans at the local VA Hospital. In addition, Phillips has partnered up with WNY Heroes, an agency that serves the local military community and he connected with this group throughout the pandemic and continues to offer his time and resources to assist in their fundraising efforts. During the Bills 2018 and 2019 Training Camp, Harrison made it a point to visit the Community Tent to spend quality time with military families in attendance.