New Buffalo Bills cornerback Corey Graham gushed today about the chance he has to play in the NFL in his home town.
"It's unreal; It's kind of a surreal feeling," Graham said on a conference call, a day after agreeing to terms on a four-year contract with the Bills. "I grew up as a kid being a Buffalo Bills fan, watching Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, guys like St3eve Tasker and Bruce Smith playing, and I alaways had a dream of being a Buffalo Bill. To come back there and have an opporutnity to play there is like a dream come true, to be honest with you. It's unbelieveable. It's still like a dream."
Graham is a seven-year veteran who spent the past two years with the Baltimore Ravens. He made the Pro Bowl as a special teamer with Chicago in 2011. He's a 29-year-old who starred at Buffalo's Turner-Carroll High School.
"It means a lot," he said. "When I first came out I was actually very disappointed that the Bills didn't show me any interest. I've always dreamed about playing in Buffalo. I was a die-hard Buffalo Bills fan growing up. I went to the games. My family are die-hard bills fans. I'm pretty sure when we played the Bills when I was on another team, my family, they were all rooting for me but they were rooting for the Bills to win. That's how die-hard they were. So it means a lot for me to have this opportunity. It's like a blessing. To come home in front of my family and friends and play for a team I actually always cared about, it's like a dream come true."
Graham visited Ralph Wilson Stadium last fall with the Ravens. He said there's no way he can meet the demand for tickets from everyone he knows in Buffalo.
"I'll let my agent deal with tickets," he said. "I'm not even going to deal with tickets at all. I already know it can be a problem. ... I've played the Bills twice since I've been in the league. We played the Bills last year, and it was like 50 or 60 tickets. There's no way I'm going to do that. I'll be broke before the year's over."