Inside The Bills

EJ proud of ‘Noles, set to attack offseason

Posted by Chris Brown on January 8, 2014 – 11:02 am

Bills QB EJ Manuel was one of the many Florida State alums strewn across the sidelines for the BCS National Championship game between Florida State and Auburn. With his Seminoles winning 34-31 Manuel was naturally very proud of his former teammates including Heisman trophy winner Jameis Winston. He also took time to reflect on his rookie NFL season.

Manuel made an appearance on the SVP & Rusillo radio show on ESPN, and first, concerning Winston, with whom he had a close relationship while at FSU, Manuel said he did not harbor even the slightest bit of jealousy that the redshirt freshman QB was the one who won the national title for the ‘Noles.

“None of that,” Manuel said. “I feel like I’m a national champion right with these guys. A lot of these guys I was with them when they were freshmen and sophomores. I’m proud to see those guys grow up and mature. Obviously with Jameis and the relationship that he and I have I can’t be happier for him with the season that he had. It was a great night.”

As for his rookie season, Manuel reflected on that as well in the radio interview.

“I thought it was a good season,” he said. “It was not the way I wanted to finish it or the way our team wanted to finish it. We were 6-10 and that’s never good, but I think a lot of the games that we lost we were right in the game. I’ve learned that in the NFL all the games are going to be close and be decided by a touchdown or a field goal. So for me moving forward I’m just excited. I’m really looking forward to taking advantage of this offseason, getting fully healthy and being ready to go for when OTAs come around.”



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