Special Interview with T.J. Graham

The Bills closed their second day of the NFL Draft last month by trading up two positions in the third round to select WR T.J. Graham from North Carolina State. T.J., a high school track star, should give the Bills the deep speed opposite Stevie Johnson that Buddy Nix promised to obtain earlier this offseason.

T.J. was kind enough to spend a few minutes answering some questions we had for him.

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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.

Between the NFL Draft and rookie mini camp, the past three weeks must have been pretty busy for you. What’s one key memory that stands out?
The key memory would be the first time I saw the Ralph. I got game day butterflies; I was ready to go to work.

You hold the record for most career kickoff return yards in ACC history. Have your new coaches said that that’s a duty you’ll be handling in Buffalo?
No, I have not been told what my duties will be on special teams.

You had the opportunity, with former teammate Audi Cole, to represent NC State in the Senior Bowl this year. You generated a lot of buzz in the week leading up to the game with your great practices. Was there one main thing you took away from the whole Senior Bowl experience?
It helped me gain confidence; I had success and got a lot of positive feedback.

Did you have an athlete as a role model growing up, maybe someone you wanted to model your game after?
My dad is my role model, he is my best friend. I modeled my game after Ted Ginn Jr through out HS and college.

T.J. at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere
(Photo courtesy of Pro Player Insiders)

If you could play any other position in any other sport, what would it be? Other than track. ;)
Center Field in baseball, I played one year in high school and I was raw. However I could cover the entire outfield because of my speed and Cannon of an arm.

When you’re not training for the upcoming season, what are some things you enjoy doing away from the game?
I’m a closet nerd I love electronics and learning how stuff works.

Word is you’ll be wearing #11 for the Bills? Any reason why you chose that number over the others available?
Well 11 was the best number available. And its slimming.

What’s the story behind your Twitter handle?
My best friend in HS nicknamed me Midnightryder. Because I would do some freak stuff athletic wise that was super hero like. And since I’m a Batman fanatic I settled with Midnightryder as my superhero name.

Is there anything you’d like to say to the Bills Mafia to close?
Get your lucky eggs ready! I’ve got mine and I will be kissing it b4 each game. Also I will be the BUFFALO SOLIDER of Bills Mafia, so play the Bob Marley song in support of the New Buffalo Soldier aka Midnightryder6.

Thank you very much again for your time, T.J., and best of luck in your new NFL career!

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.

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