Buffalo Bills Running Back C.J. Spiller Attends Jim Kelly’s Golf Outing
C.J. Spiller has only been on the Buffalo Bills for two years, but he already understands how important it is to give back to the community.
“It’s very important because [Jim Kelly] laid the foundation for our organization. He is a class act guy a humble guy. I am glad I was able to get to know him. This is my first year coming to the event. It’s been wonderful,” Spiller told Class Act Sports while at the outing.
Spiller has played in 30 of 32 games for the Bills over the past two seasons, and saw an increased workload in 2011 after starting running back Fred Jackson went down with an injury, and Spiller started the final seven games of the season for the Bills, scoring three receiving and two rushing touchdowns.
“I just go in and when my number is called I am ready and I am prepared. I go in each week and I prepare like I am the starter so whenever I get out there on the field, I can pick up where Fred [Jackson] left off. Good thing we have two great running backs because you need it in the NFL. When a guy goes down or a guy needs a break, another guy can step in and nobody letting the slack down,” he said.
The Bills got off to a 5-2 start before losing eight of the final nine games of the season to finish 6-10. They have made some offseason moves, including signing Mario Williams who should help to bolster the defense.
“Right now, we look good on paper but as everybody knows, you still have to come out on Sundays and get it done. We just gotta take it one day at a time, one game at a time and I think we’ll be fine. If we can stay healthy we will have a good chance of making the playoffs. Once you get there, it is anybody’s ballgame,” Spiller told Class Act Sports.
Spiller does it all, from kickoffs to punt returned to receiving and rushing.
“Oh yeah, it takes a lot of guts to get back there and take a punt return. Kick returns are pretty easy. You just read the blocks and as we say, just use your speed. But punt returns, you gotta keep your eye on the ball. The most important thing is catching it, because you cant do nothing if you ain’t got the ball in your hands,” he said.
Entering his third season in the NFL, Spiller has already learned that the college game is much different than the NFL.
“The main thing is I have to learn that a three-yard gain is a great run. Coming out of the ACC, I was able to have a lot of 50-plus yard runs throughout my whole career. Coming in here and trying to do the same thing, it’s just not going to happen because this is a whole different level, so going into this year, I just want to pick up where I left off picking up those two or three [yards] and eventually, those 50 yarders will come,” he said.
Despite the rain, Spiller still had a good time and enjoyed coming out for the cause.
“It’s Buffalo. You expect this type of weather. You come in here to show your face and show your support Jim Kelly. Like I said, legendary guy. Just let him know that we got his back, the great cause that he’s bringing towards awareness. I just want to be a part of it and I am looking forward to many more years of being a part of this great event,” Spiller told Class Act Sports.