Bills safety George Wilson took the time to speak with free agent visitor Jim Leonhard at Bills camp. Wilson and Leonhard are old friends as Wilson and Leonhard played three years together in Buffalo. Wilson also might not be a safety today had it not been for Leonhard’s tutelage.
“I spoke with Jimmy,” Wilson told Buffalobills.com. ”He mentioned to me that they’d be working him out this morning. I have a deep debt to Jimmy. When I first made the transition to safety Jimmy was that one guy who took time out of his own schedule to help me grasp the defense, to learn the playbook from a defensive standpoint. He helped to smooth that transition out for me. It’s always good to run into Jimmy. I’m not sure how the workout went this morning, but I hope he’s doing better recovering from the knee injury.”
Leonhard is coming off surgery to repair a torn patellar tendon last December, the same injury from which Terrence McGee is trying to recover. Leonhard is about three to four weeks behind McGee in his recovery and might not be ready to get out on the field and compete just yet.
Wilson and Leonhard kept in touch as both were player union reps for their respective teams in Buffalo and New York the past few years.
“We had that special time together during those rep meetings and we would always talk about the old times when we played together and I would always express the gratitude that I have for him for what he did for me,” said Wilson. ”At the end of the day I just try to go out there and make my coaches proud and make my teammates proud and show Jimmy that I’m doing the best that I can to apply the lessons and the knowledge that he helped me to acquire back in 2007.”
In his conversation with Leonhard, Wilson asked him if he ever thought he’d be back in Buffalo.
“Jimmy said, ‘Not until last week,’” said Wilson. ”But Jimmy is a great guy off the field and a ball hawk on the field and over his career he’s proven that he’s a playmaker.”
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