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Buffalo Bills: Running Backs of 2013

January 2nd, 2014 at 11:50 AM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

Note: This story was written by Lea Natalello.

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The running backs of the Buffalo Bills are, without a doubt, fan favorites. Whether you are watching the game at a bar, at home or at the Ralph, there are sure to be jerseys marked with Jackson and Spiller.

Fred Jackson, number 22, is currently in his seventh season with the Buffalo Bills, however, he was not always a football hero. In high school Jackson was not a valuable player for his team. While many of his teammates were offered college scholarships, he was not. He ended up attending Coe College which was a division III school. Upon graduation from college he then went on to play indoor football for the Sioux City Bandits.

Jackson’s football career seemed like a dead end until a life long mentor of his introduced him to the Bills general manager, Marv Levy. He became a Bills player in 2006.

In 2009, Jackson became the first player in the NFL to earn 1,000 rushing and 1,000 kickoff return yards in one season.

As for C.J. Spiller, he excelled in several sports in high school. A true athlete, he also participated in track and field.

Spiller attended Clemson University at a football player. By 2009, his junior of college, Spiller was projected to be a first round draft pick in the NFL. He chose to conclude his college career and stay for his senior year. In 2010 Spiller was picked up by the Buffalo Bills, ninth overall. He signed a five year, 25 million dollar contract.

Jackson and Spiller will both be with the Buffalo Bills until 2015.

With a record of 6-10 the Bills, as a team, did not have their best season this year.

Jackson scored a total of nine touchdowns, 896 rushing yards and 597 receiving yards.

Spiller earned two touchdowns, 927 rushing yards and 185 receiving yards.

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