His efforts were certainly appreciated by his teammates and by Bills fans, but on the national stage, C.J. Spiller’s career-best season went largely under the radar. But SI.com columnist Peter King provided a measure of recognition.
King listed Spiller as one of his two most underappreciated players of the year. Here’s what he wrote, which included a comment from C.J..
C.J. Spiller, RB, Buffalo. After seeing him rush for 1,244 yards in just 207 attempts (13 touches a game leaves ‘em wanting LOTS more), a 6.0-yard clip, I had to ask Spiller for myself: Don’t you think you ought to get the ball more in the future? “Everybody in the league wants to carry it more,” Spiller said as he headed into his offseason in Florida. “Of course I’d love to carry it more, but I understand the business aspect of it. We need two good backs. You’ve got to have two fresh guys to win. I’ve never been one to get caught up in the numbers. Plus, I’ll always remember something Emmitt Smith told me: ‘Walk away from the game on your terms, not someone else’s.’ ”
Spiller got better in 2012, he said, because he learned how to be more of a scientific runner. He said he learned how to set up the defense, rather than have them dictate where he would run. “I used to always take the first option, the first little hole,” he said. “This year, I learned to be more patient. You can’t believe how much that helps you as a back, to let your hole and the blocking develop.” He thinks his 62-yard run in Week 16 against Miami might have been a very short one had he not waited for his blocks to develop. Moral of the story: “You can definitely learn to be a better back, and I’m not done learning.”
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