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December 19, 2011

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Bills WR, Felton Huggins Interview

by Max Strauss
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Felton Huggins played college football at Southeastern Louisiana. FH entered the 2006 NFL Draft, but actually went undrafted most likely because of the small school that he attended. He was a member of the Buffalo Bills from 2007 through 2009. He has recorded one TD in preseason games. He was placed on injured reserve early in the season. He has yet to make his break in the NFL. Click read more to check out our interview! This was conducted at the end of the 2011 NFL season.

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Strauss : How do you connect with your fans?

Huggins : I try to connect with them anyway possible, even if it’s signing autographs after games or after practice. Sometimes, I go to charity events, or do youth football camps in the offseason to give back. I love interacting with fans through Twitter and Facebook also. 

Strauss : What was it like for you playing youth football?

Huggins : Youth football was great for me. This was when I first fell in love with the game of football even though I didn’t play the same position that I play now.  I was actually a Quarterback and a defensive lineman in pee wee football . It was great being involved with my first team sport. Playing football helped me realize what I wanted to do in my life. 

Strauss : What was your high school football experience like?

Huggins : High school football was fun. I played on the Varsity team as a 10th grader and started at quarterback and safety. This meant that I had to grow up and mature fast. I was sort of thrown to the wolves, but I responded well making all-district honorable mention during my sophomore year.

Strauss : What was the transition like to Southeastern Louisiana?

Huggins : Transitioning from high school to college was a big step. It was not only a whole new level of football, but on top of that, I was playing a totally different position than what I played in high school.  I was converted to wide receiver. It was tough at first. My coaches said that I was fast, but if I couldn’t catch, it was benefiting no one.  So I really had to work on my craft, and I did. It led me to becoming a All- American during my junior year. 

Strauss : What is your favorite memory from Southeastern Louisiana?

Huggins : My favorite memory was when we went to face McNeese St, the #2 team in the country. We were a huge underdog. They were national runner-ups the year before and we came into their stadium and we beat their tails. That was a great moment for my teammates and me. I was nominated national player of the week for my performance during that game.

Strauss : What was your Pro Day like?

Huggins : My Pro Day was a weird and nerve-wrecking experience. I had over fifteen teams at my Pro Day. I had to perform all by myself first, before my teammates could perform.  I was very nervous and didn’t perform as good as I was capable of, but still caught a lot of teams eyes. I was raw coming out of college, and still had a bunch of free agent offers after the Draft. 

Strauss : What was your Draft Day experience like?  

Huggins : Draft Day was pretty relaxing for me. I enjoyed watching the draft. I’ve watched the NFL Draft since I was twelve years old. So it was like any other day for me. 

Strauss : What was it like to sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars?

Huggins : It was a great feeling for my family and I. To finally make it to this level of professional sports, I never would have thought I would have made it to the NFL, but to have that chance, it was blessing for me and my family. 

Strauss : Do you have a favorite memory from your first NFL preseason?

Huggins : No, not really. I was more excited, like a kid in a candy store. I was finally getting a chance to be on the field with guys that you have spent your whole life watching. It was a dream come true. 

Strauss : What was the transition like to the Buffalo Bills? 

Huggins : For me going to the Bills, was like, ‘Okay, you know what to expect now, so just go out there and get the job done.” I wasn’t a rookie anymore, so I knew what to expect and how to handle the life and rigors of the NFL. All of that made me a much better athlete and person on and off the field. 

Strauss : Do you have a favorite memory with the Buffalo Bills?

Huggins : Scoring my first touchdown. It was a great feeling, just huge relief. It was like I finally made it home. 

Strauss : What was it like to be on the practice squads throughout the Bills 2008 and 2009 seasons?

Huggins : The practice squad was great for me. It finally gave me a chance to really grow up, learn, and understand the game of football. It really slowed down for me. Being able to get more one-on-one time with the coaches and players really helps you understand the game and helps you in the meeting room as well. 

Strauss : What was NFL Europe like?

Huggins : NFL Europe was great. It was a chance to get some live action with a good level of competition. 

Strauss : What do you bring to the Buffalo Bills?

Huggins : I bring great speed and athleticism. I also have a great leaping ability, while also having great route running ability. 

Strauss : Who would you compare your game to? 

Huggins : I compare my game to that of Chad Ochocinco and Brandon Lloyd. 

Strauss : What’s Head Coach Chan Gailey like?

Huggins : Coach Gailey is a great coach and teacher. He really believed in me and my skill set. He brought a lot out of me, and has given me a great opportunity to really contribute to the team. 

Strauss : Who has had the most impact on your career?

Huggins : I think my teammates from college. They’ve always called and encourage me to go out there and play hard and show everybody what I can do. They actually talked me out of quitting football after high school. They wouldn’t let me quit. They knew what I was capable of and they believed in me. 

Strauss : For someone who wants to play football in the NFL, do you have any advice for them?

Huggins : Never give up on your dream of playing football at any level. Put a lot of time and hard work into your craft, and things will work out for you in a positive way. 

Strauss : Thank you so much for your time Felton!

Huggins : No problem Max. Keep up the good work.

->Here are the personal questions that Felton Huggins answered.<-

Strauss : If you could meet anyone, who would it be and why?

Huggins : I’d want to meet Dr. Martin Luther King.

Strauss : Who was your childhood star?

Huggins : Martin Lawrence. I am just a big fan of his show and his stand-up comedy.

Strauss : What is your favorite TV Show?

Huggins : In Living Color.

Strauss : What is your favorite movie of all time? 

Huggins : Bad Boys.

Strauss : What is your favorite type of pie?

Huggins : Lemon pie. 

Strauss : What would be your last meal on earth?

Huggins : It would probably be fried catfish, french fries, a chicken and shrimp Caesar salad with peach soda.

Strauss : Do you have a special pre-game ritual?

Huggins : I have a pre-game iPod playlist with some of my all-time favorite songs on it that I listen to before every game.  

Strauss : What is your favorite song?

Huggins : Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, ‘Before I Let Go’.

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  1. Dec 20 2011

    Fifteen different teams at your pro day would make anyone nervous!

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