Special Interview with Johnny White

(Photo by Icon Sports Media, Inc.)
White was one of only two (pure) offensive players selected in 2011. (Photo by Icon Sports Media, Inc.)

It’s Draft Week!

To put it mildly, the 2011 NFL Draft saw one of the best hauls the Bills have had in well over a decade. We reached out to those who were selected by the team last year, and 5th round selection Johnny White was the first to graciously agree to do an interview.

First off, thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to do this short interview with me on behalf of the Bills Mafia Blog.

Now that you’re a year removed and the dust has settled, what is the one thing you remember most about the whole NFL Draft experience?
The most memorable part of the draft for me was simply the feeling of when my phone rang and I picked up and it was Coach Gailey telling me that the Bills were going to take me with their next pick. It was like a weight lifted off of my shoulders and I just felt all the hard work paid off and my dream was becoming a reality.

Did you have an athlete as a role model growing up, maybe someone you wanted to model your game after?
My role model coming up was Walter Payton. I used to watch old school highlights of him when he played and then also just reading his autobiography and seeing what type of guy he was off the field inspired me.

(Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
(Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Have any veteran or former Buffalo Bill given you any advice since joining the team and if so, what was it?
There were a lot of veterans on the team that had given me advice but when I met Thurman Thomas and talked to him it was a great feeling, he still gives me advice about things. And just having that caliber of player talking to a young player like me means a lot.

What was the most significant thing you’ve learned since becoming pro?
The most significant thing I learned since becoming a pro is just what it means to be a pro. And using it in everything you do on and off the field.

What’s your main goal for 2012?
My main goal for this year is to become a bigger part of the team and contribute more whether it’s on offense or special teams. I just want to be one of the guys people think about when they see the Bills get back to being a dominant team in the NFL and a Super Bowl contender every year.

When you’re not training for the upcoming year, what are some things you enjoy doing away from the game?
One thing that I really enjoy doing off the field is bowling. During the lockout I actually joined a bowling league.

Anything you wanna say to Bills Mafia?
One thing I want to say to the Bills Mafia is just a plain and simple thank you for being the best fans in the NFL and the journey to something special starts this year.

Thank you very much again for your time Johnny and Let’s Go Buffalo!

About Del Reid

Del Reid became a Bills fan shortly after coming into this world, having been raised in a home that actually had a framed picture of OJ Simpson on the wall in the living room (until it came down in 1994). Del has always had a passion for bringing people together to celebrate things they share in common. As a result, he (quite accidentally) ended up co-founding the #BillsMafia movement among Bills fans in social media -- which to this point is the coolest thing that has ever happened to him aside from his relationship with God, his wife, and his two awesome kids. Follow him on Twitter at @mrdeadlier.