Bills tight end Dawson Knox joins Buffalo Bills owner and team president Kim Pegula and multimedia journalist Maddy Glab on Episode 5 of "Bills Pod Squad," presented by New York State Lottery.
Each week, Pegula and Glab discuss the Bills' previous matchup, look at the week ahead, and talk to personalities from around the team and throughout the NFL.
Here are three takeaways from the conversation with Knox.
1. From walk-on to NFL tight end
Dawson Knox attended Brentwood Academy for high school where he played quarterback and wide receiver. Knox didn't receive many scholarship offers because he didn't have much film due to an injury he suffered his senior year, so he pursued walking on at Ole Miss. The tight end worked hard to receive opportunities on the field in college, which ultimately led to being drafted in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
"Just really being patient, having to have that mindset of I'm going to try to outwork everybody in the room because I almost had to work twice as hard just to try to catch up," Knox said. "That was really something that I tried to engrain in myself, and that's something that I try to keep with me today is that walk-on mindset of never being complacent."
2. Two adopted siblings
Knox is part of a big family with four siblings in addition to himself. Two of those siblings, Nate and Isaiah, are adopted. Knox reflected on the day he found out he would welcome new brothers into the family.
"I vividly remember it," Knox said. "I guess it was about 11 years ago when my parents told us that they were starting to look to adopt. We were all out at the lake, me, my brother and my sister. We all were super excited and had 100 questions. Then it was about two years after they started getting in touch with the adoption agency that they were able to get matched with a birth mom."
3. Best places to visit in Nashville
Knox is from Brentwood, Tenn., a town right outside of Nashville. Growing up near the city, Knox has seen it completely transform into the popular destination it has become. The Tennessee native spent time at home over the offseason and shared his favorite places to stop ahead of the Bills vs. Titans game.
"Probably one of my favorite areas now is The Gulch," Knox explained. "The Gulch is awesome. I love Midtown too, that's where I live in the offseason. But The Gulch is just exploding, you can't go wrong if you go somewhere to eat."