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AP: 'Legend' of rookie LB Alonso growing in Buffalo

Posted Oct 2, 2013

Rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso pays little attention to the hype he's starting to generate.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Quiet and introverted, Buffalo Bills rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso pays little attention to the hype he's starting to generate.

National TV interviews and a trend on Twitter, titled #TheLegendOfKikoAlonso mean very little to the second-round draft pick out of Oregon.

Where many see potential, Alonso sees room for improvement, while looking ahead to Buffalo (2-2) playing at Cleveland (2-2) on Thursday night.

After four games, Alonso is tied for the NFL lead with four interceptions, to go with one sack, a forced fumble and recovered fumble. His 32 tackles are tops in Buffalo and among league rookies.

And with two interceptions in a 23-20 win over Baltimore on Sunday, Alonso became the league's first rookie linebacker since Al Richardson in 1980 to have an interception in three straight games.