Former Seminoles Adjusting to NFL Lifestyle

By: Sam Lane Email
By: Sam Lane Email

Tallahassee, FL -- For the last four years, Nigel Bradham, Zebrie Sanders and Shawn Powell spent hours of practice time on this field. That work turned into this, their new home as members of the Buffalo BIlls.

"This has been my dream since I started football," says former FSU offensive lineman Zebrie Sanders. "I'm just grateful, like I said earlier, grateful for being here."

All three avoided length contract negotiations and agreed to deals before rookie mini camp began, and all three had their first taste of the NFL this weekend.

"They said I've been doing a pretty good job so hopefully they can keep saying that," adds Nigel Bradham. "As long as I can keep that and keep working hard and do what I've been doing, hopefully I'll get better each and every day."

Life in the NFL is much different than college. You're not guaranteed the next day and it must be treated like a business, knowing that any snap could be their last.

"The work ethic. You have to have that no matter if you're in college, high school, NFL, anything like that," says Shawn Powell. "If you don't have that somebody is going to be out there working harder than you and is going to take your position."

Mini camp only lasted for three days, but these players hope it was enough to make a good first impression with their new coaching staff.

Bradham adds, "Pretty much I want to show them how fast I can learn. Hopefully I can have any kind of way to contribute to the team. Pretty much showing them on special teams, to defense or doing whatever they need me to do."

The next chance to impress comes in late July when training camp opens.

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