Catch them in the spring, they might be studying textbooks in college classrooms.
More than a handful of Bills players are dedicating their time away from One Bills Drive not only to recovering from the season and staying football fit, but to earning their college degrees.
“I can’t say that it’s easy,” said DB
Robey is commuting from his home in Florida to Warner University, where he’s taking credits towards a University of Southern California degree, where he played college football and began his undergrad studies. He plans to graduate after one to two additional semesters and a few internships under his belt with a degree in Product, Planning and Development, or real estate, in laymen’s terms.
“Growing up as a kid I was always interested in land and housing,” he said. “My father used to do a little bit with real estate and being out there with him I learned a little, so when I went to college I wanted to pursue it.”
“You’ve been going through that struggle at school where you have to manage your time,” Graham said. “I had way less time to do school work and now I should do even better because I have more time.
“It’s so much easier to focus on school because you’re not worrying about what parties are happening on the weekend,” he added, laughing.
Even though he’s back on his home campus where he still has notoriety, he tries to keep a low profile.
“Our teacher asked one interesting thing we did over break. I said I shoveled snow,” he said. “They were like, ‘Why were you somewhere you can shovel snow?’ It’s only because I want them to treat me like normal.”
And whether to keep their post-football career options open, work towards a skill or simply finish what they started, their motives for returning to college vary.
“I started, and usually I finish what I start,” said Graham. “Maybe a meal is the only thing I finish and don’t start. Well, I finish most meals. Really though, I started in school and put a lot of effort into it and worked so hard and for me to not reap the benefit, I couldn’t let that happen. I have a business mentality and I want to see this through.”
“I promised my mom that I was going to get my degree,” said Robey, of his mother who unexpectedly passed when he was in high school. “She always told me how important that was. I’m just being like every other regular student in that case. Growing up, your dream is to go to college and have that experience and get a degree a get the career started.”
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