Inside The Bills

San Diego GM loves his Buffalo roots

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 21, 2013 – 8:52 pm


He just got the job two weeks ago, so it stands to reason that Tom Telesco, the new General Manager of the San Diego Chargers, would have his hands full at the Senior Bowl.

But the Hamburg native had a chance to talk with The John Murphy Show this week in Mobile, Alabama. The 40-year old GM of the Chargers says he’s proud of his Western New York roots, and he’s made a point to mention them ever since he took the new job.

“I know in my press conference, I made sure everybody knew I was a Buffalo guy,” Telesco told host John Murphy. “I love Buffalo so much,I have friends and family back there. I still keep in touch with my high school coaches who were so much of my life.”

Two weeks ago on the radio show, one of those coaches, Jerry Smith of St Francis High School in Athol Springs, was effusive in his praise of Telesco, his former player. And Telesco returned the favor in his Monday interview in Mobile.

“Everything I’ve learned in football, it started with Jerry Smith and John Scibetta,” he said. “They kinda gave me my background in football, the foundation of the game, and my, passion for it, too. I was a basketball guy in high school but with those two coaches and their passion for it, I just started to gravitate more towards football than basketball and it’s led me in this direction.”

Telesco hit the ground running, hiring a new Head Coach for the Bolts late last week. He tapped Broncos offensive assistant Mike McCoy for the San Diego Job in what will probably be his biggest decision of his San Diego tenure.

“Some guys come in prepared for their interview, some guys come in prepared for the job,” Telesco said. “He came in prepared for the job. He had an answer for everything but he was flexible. So we got him done, which was big, and now we’re working on the assistant coaches.”

The interview with Tom Telesco is part of the podcast Monday for The John Murphy Show. Tuesday night, the radio show will air live from the Senior Bowl on the flagship station of the Bills, WGR Sports Radio 550.

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