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Getting to know: Bills safety Shamiel Gary

Shamiel Gary is making his way through the AFC East.

The Buffalo Bills' safety has previously spent time with the Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots, needing only a stop with the New York Jets to hit for the cycle.

Since entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Oklahoma State, Gary has also had stints with the Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings and something called the Boston Brawlers of the Fall Experimental Football League.

Here's more on the Tulsa, Okla., native who joined the Bills' active roster on Dec. 13.

BN: Tell us about where you're from and how you got here.

SG: "I grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Went to Booker T. Washington High School, then went to Wyoming first for College. I ended up transferring to Oklahoma State. After Oklahoma State, I was an undrafted free agent to the Patriots. Got released, went to Chicago, for that year (2014) I was on practice squad.

"Next year, I went to Miami, hurt my shoulder, got injury/waived and came back in the middle of the season, played the last six games. I was with them this year, got released before last cuts and then had kind of been bouncing around. I was in Minnesota for a week, then back with the Patriots for a month and a half, then here."

BN: So you're racking up those frequent flier miles, right?

SG: "Haha, right! It's tough, moving around so much. But I stay confident in who I am. I put a lot on my faith. If I didn't have God, I'd probably be stressed out a lot. I believe in myself. I know I can play. I just keep knocking on the door, and hopefully that door will open for me and I'll capitalize on my opportunity.

BN: So this shot on the Bills' 53-man roster is a pretty good chance for you, isn't it?

SG: "It is big. Whatever opportunity I get – whether it's special teams or defense – I've got to make the best of it. Everything else will take care of itself."

BN: Your transfer was family related, right?

SG: "It was a combination of stuff. Family stuff, things that were going on at school there, some personal reasons. It sucks that I had to redshirt, but it was big to have my family come up and watch me play every weekend. At Wyoming, they only got to see probably two or three games."

BN: I read that your grandmother, who passed away from Alzheimer's disease, was a big influence on you.

SG: "My grandmother and my mom, they're bascially the same person. They both were strong women. Very motivated and driven. That's what was instilled in me."

BN: How do you spend your free time?

SG: "Play video games. Go bowling. Read. I'm a movie guy. That's really about it."

BN: What's your favorite movie?

SG: "The Wood. You've got to check it out. It’s kind of a comedy. It’s a kid from North Carolina, he moves to Inglewood, Calif. He has two best friends, and ends up getting married. It’s their life story basically. I’ll go see anything, though. That was the good part about being in New England. They had a movie theater right there, and you could get in for free."

BN: What is it about bowling? Lots of guys in this locker room are into it.

SG: "It’s peaceful. I’m trying to learn how to golf, too. Bowling is like my golf right now."

BN: Any good Bill Belichick stories from playing in New England?

SG: "Haha, New England, man, it was fun. I respect everybody in the organization. I didn’t get an opportunity to play in a meaningful regular-season game, but it was good to be around the coaches and players."

BN: Who would you say helped you the most in getting to the NFL?

SG: "Probably my mom and dad – then all the people who doubted me. I had a lot of those growing up, because I wasn’t the marquee guy in high school. I’ve always had a chip on my shoulder, to try and prove people wrong. My mom always believed in me. My dad always believed in me, so that helped a lot."

BN: How did they doubt you? Recruiting other players and stuff like that?

SG: "For sure. It was always like that. I wasn’t the top recruited guy. I’m probably about the only one from my class that’s in the NFL, so that makes me smile a little bit. I’ve got to keep on my pushing. I don’t have that same size chip on my shoulder. I want to glorify God and do what I can do – keep blessing my family."

BN: How would you describe yourself as a player?

SG: "Physical. Intelligent. A person who is going to work hard and do anything to help the team."

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