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Derek Fine
TE #86
Height:
6-3
Weight:
247
College:
Kansas
Experience:
2
Receiving
YearTeamGRecYdsAvgYds/GLongTD20+40+1stFUM
TOTAL 18 19 158 8.3 8.8 20 1 1 0 7 0
2009 BUF 8 9 64 7.1 8 11 0 0 0 1 0
2008 BUF 10 10 94 9.4 9.4 20 1 1 0 6 0
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 18 4 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
2009 BUF 8 3 0 3 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2008 BUF 10 1 1 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --

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Bio

PRO: Drafted in the fourth round by the Bills with the 132nd overall pick… is the fourth Kansas product selected by Buffalo and the first tight end… First Jayhawk selected by team since 1976 (Jeff Turner, 9th round 241st overall).

 

PRO: Drafted in the fourth round by the Bills with the 132nd overall pick… is the fourth Kansas product selected by Buffalo and the first tight end… First Jayhawk selected by team since 1976 (Jeff Turner, 9th round 241st overall).

2008:
• Made his NFL debut at Miami (10/26) after being inactive for the season’s first six games… made a key block on RB Marshawn Lynch’s eight-yard rushing TD
• Hauled in his first career reception, a nine-yard touchdown vs. NYJ (11/2)… became the 19th player in team history to score a TD on first pro reception… tied for second on the team with four catches for 43 yards
• Posted one catch for a six-yard gain vs. Cle. (11/17), helping set up a K Rian Lindell 26-yard field goal
• Started at tight end at KC (11/23), catching one pass for 14 yards
• Started the season’s last four games at tight end and caught four passes for 31 yards

COLLEGE: Set a Kansas tight end record with 98 receptions while amassing 1,009 yards (10.3 avg.) and 10 touchdowns … Topped the previous mark of 97 catches by John Mosier (1967-69)… His 46 receptions in 2007 broke the school’s season-record of 40 grabs by John Schroll in 1971. … in 2007, selected as one of four team captains for the second straight season… Shared squad’s special teams Player of the Year honors. … In 2006, earned team’s Gale Sayers Award for most courageous player… Served as a team captain… Played in all 12 games making 10 starts. ... In 2005, started all 12 games at tight end finishing fifth with 22 receptions… Averaged 11.1 yards per catch and scored one touchdown. … In 2004, played in all 11 games, including starting in the season opener vs. Tulsa…Tallied 12 tackles (8 solo) on special teams. … In 2003, redshirted. … In 2002, originally signed with Kansas in the spring, but did not enroll in school due to an injury. … Graduated with a degree in American studies.

PERSONAL: Son of Mike and Gail Fine… Was an All-State performer at Sallisaw (OK) High School… Named Muskogee Phoenix All-Area Offensive Player of the Year, All-District and Best Offensive Player in District 4A… Tabbed team’s most valuable player after senior campaign… Broke the school record for receiving yards in a season (798) and in a career (1,792)… Had 34 receptions for 798 yards and eight scores as a senior… National Honor Roll selection and American Character and Citizenship Award winner.

COMMUNITY: In 2008, Derek participated in the Toyota Rookie Club appearing at numerous community events throughout Western New York and Southern Ontario.  The Toyota Rookie Club helps the franchises newest players become more involved in the Western New York community. Each month, Derek and all first year players did one community appearance as a group.   The Toyota Rookie Club events included a visit to Women’s and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo to paint ceiling tiles for the rooms and hallways and host a pizza party, a visit to the Lincoln M. Alexander Secondary School in Mississauga, Ontario to discuss the importance of sport and activity with the student-athletes and to present the football team with $3,000 in new equipment for the school’s football program, and a trip to the Northwest Buffalo Community Center in November 2008 where the Rookie Club Members served Thanksgiving Dinner to approximately 300 children and families.  In addition to serving food, the players introduced themselves to the community members during a brief ceremony, sat and ate with them, and signed autographs.

The final Rookie Club appearance of 2008 took place at the Annual Bills Holiday Party.  The Rookie Club and Bills veterans hosted nearly 100 children from a number of different local community organizations. The Annual Holiday Party gives children from the organizations an opportunity to celebrate the holidays with the Bills players, Jills cheerleaders, Billy Buffalo, and Santa Claus. The children received a holiday dinner, pictures and autographs and gifts from a wish list that they had previously submitted.

Along with Demetrius Bell and Reggie Corner, Derek also appeared at the Fern Avenue Public School in Toronto to run a Mini Recharge Clinic.  The Bills Mini-ReCharge clinic is part of the NFL Play 60 program designed to educate and motivate youth to be healthy and physically active for at least 60 minutes a day.