ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The last name Flowers likely stirs up bad memories for Bills fans.
That’s because Erik Flowers is one of the biggest draft busts in team history, a first-round selection in 2000 who lasted just two years in Buffalo, with four sacks to show for 31 career games.
Flowers hasn’t played in the NFL since 2005, but there’s a chance his family legacy will continue this year. Oklahoma State safety Tre Flowers, Erik Flowers’ nephew, is participating this week at the East-West Shrine Game and hopes to hear his named called in April.
“It's definitely been an experience,” Tre Flowers said Tuesday after the East team completed its second practice of the week at Shorecrest Preparatory School.
“Talking to all the teams, you're so close to your dream, you just want to make everything come true.”
Flowers was voted a second-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association, as well as a first-team All-Big 12 Conference choice by the league’s coaches. In addition, he won the school’s Leslie O’Neal Award for most outstanding defensive player and was elected a team captain.
At 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, he’s big for a defensive back. He projects as a Day Three draft pick.
“I'm going to do whatever they tell me to do,” Flowers said of his approach this week. “If they tell me to jump, I'm going to say how high. Whatever it takes, I'm going to do it.”
He said his uncle has been one of his biggest supporters.
“He got drafted first round, so I want to be just as good as that,” Tre Flowers said. “He's always been somebody I can lean on, and you know, just family. He's always been there to talk to me every step of the way.”
From the take-it-for-what-it’s-worth-department comes this: A Bills scout spent plenty of time talking with Flowers at the conclusion of Tuesday’s practice.
Brett Favre, Willie Roaf and Gary Huff will be inducted into the Shrine Game Hall of Fame on Friday. Favre played in the 1991 game at Stanford before going on to a Hall of Fame NFL career in which he set more than 170 league records. Roaf, another Pro Football Hall of Fame member, played in the 1993 game. Huff played in the 1972 game. He quarterbacked the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to their first victory in 1977. … Syracuse offensive tackle Jamar McGloster left the East team’s practice Tuesday in ambulance with an apparent upper-body injury. No update on his condition was provided. … Trevor Sikkema of pewterreport.com reported Tuesday that the Bills spent some time talking with UNLV wide receiver Devonte Boyd after Monday’s practice.
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