Inside The Bills

Bruce chooses Cottrell to be his presenter

Posted by Chris Brown on June 1, 2009 – 6:55 pm

Bills HOF enshrinee Bruce Smith was down to two men to be his presenter for the Pro Football HOF on Aug. 8, Marv Levy and Ted Cottrell. Smith revealed at the Jim Kelly golf tournament on Monday that Cottrell will be his presenter.

He’ll be the first of the Bills players under Marv Levy’s tutelage to go with his position coach as Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas both had Levy as their presenter. Smith strongly feels that Levy’s hiring of Cottrell as his defensive line coach represented a turning point in his career.

“He taught me how to study film,” said Smith of Cottrell. “There are three phases to the game that need to take place, conditioning, studying film and having a coach that you can relate to. If you put all three of those things together you have the makings of something special.”

Bruce felt the first turning point in his career came after his rookie season.

“I think when I ballooned up to 310 pounds after my first year I quickly realized I wasn’t going to become the player that I wanted to be unless I changed some of my eating habits and conditioning,” said Smith. “I quickly made some adjustments as far as that was concerned.”

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