Inside The Bills

Gailey recruited Spiller… at Tech

Posted by Chris Brown on April 23, 2010 – 4:17 pm

About four years ago Chan Gailey was head coach at Georgia Tech and recruited the player the Bills took in round one of the 2010 NFL draft Thursday night.

“He sent some recruiting letters in the mail,” said Spiller. “I played against him two times with him being the head coach at Georgia Tech and I was 1-1.”

In the first game in which he faced Gailey’s Tech team Spiller had one heck of a game. He had 16 carries for 116 yards including a 50-yard touchdown run and he had a 50-yard touchdown reception in a 31-7 win for Clemson.

“I’ll be honest with you I look back at his freshman year and he made plays in his freshman year that I thought were unbelievable,” said Gailey. “I knew he was going to be a great player, but I didn’t know what kind of great person he was though. I didn’t know what kind of work ethic he had. There are a lot of guys out there that can run fast. They can take a football and run from here to there and look good doing it.

“Football intelligence, work ethic and toughness, all of those things don’t come along in fast guys. There are some track guys out there that can fly and if all we wanted was speed we’d go out and sign the Olympic track team. Those are the things that you found out about this young man that separated him from the pack of just being another fast guy.”

And despite the fact that they were once opponents, Spiller is even more excited to be working with Gailey now instead of against him.

“Now we’re on the same team and that’s great for us,” said Spiller.

It’s also great for the Bills.

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