CJ Spiller makes stop in Tifton

Published: Jul. 15, 2012 at 2:57 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 20, 2012 at 2:57 AM EDT
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TIFTON, GA (WALB) - It's usually the hometown athlete that comes back to his roots to talk to the kids but that wasn't quite the case in Tifton today. Buffalo Bills running back CJ Spiller was at Tifton High School Saturday speaking to a group of kids and parents about the importance of academics and overcoming any struggle.

The former Clemson star was a first round draft pick back in 2010. He said he didn't want to share anything about stats or being an NFL star but rather the path it takes to get there.

Being from the small town of Lake Butler,Florida is what prompted Spiller to stick to what he knows so he could better relate to those hearing his message.

Spiller said "I think because it's a small town and I'm able to relate to these kids more because I grew up in a small town and I think it would mean more to them. Not saying that I would go to a big city and speak because I'll go anywhere that I'm asked. When I got the opportunity that presented itself for me to come here and speak I looked at the my schedule and it worked out great for us so I'm glad to be here. Its all about stressing academics and things about life, making decisions and stuff like that so I'm very excited about speaking to this kids."

Spiller says he plans on returning back to Buffalo on the 24th.

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