It's not often that you see any person in any profession provide a rallying cry in one of their first days on the job -- let alone a rookie on an NFL team that will be in a battle to become the team's starting right tackle. However, Buffalo Bills second round pick and former Alabama offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio provided a memorable quote in his first face-to-face meeting with the local media.
Kouandjio comes from the Alabama Crimson Tide, who have had one of the most successful college football programs over the past several years, and even before that the prestigious DeMatha Catholic High School in Maryland. Coming from those powerhouse programs, the offensive tackle will be going to a professional team that has averaged more losses in a single season over the past 14 years than Kouandjio has seen in his lifetime.
That's why his call to action so young in his career is a stark one:
"Personally, I don’t know why we haven’t been a winning team, but I’m a winner. That’s what I do. So I come here with the intention to win games, no matter what. I don’t care, I want to win and I’m going to do what I have to do to win. Whether it’s motivate whoever or whatever, if I see anything not right or see something missing in a team or characteristics missing of a winning team… I’ve been with two winning programs, I lost about seven games in my life. I know what a winning program looks like and I know the trends and I’ve seen trends in a winning program. If I see something a little bit off, I will say something. I have high hopes for this team. I believe in this team and I believe in these men. I see nothing but winners around me. I came here, I saw the attitude on the team and these guys, and I loved it. Everybody is willing to win and everybody is willing to have good plays and to work from what I’ve seen so far in one day. We’ll see." - Cyrus Kouandjio
If Kouandjio's game throughout the season is anywhere close to the passion he exuded in his first visit to One Bills Drive, Buffalo could have a good one on their hands. However, he is a rookie (a big one at that) that will be competing for a starting job to protect one of the edges for quarterback EJ Manuel.
Judging based off his strong approach, however, the 20-year old will fit right into the type of culture head coach Doug Marrone is trying to establish in Buffalo.
**Photo courtesy of the AP