Yeah, you could say former UB fullback Corey Knox wants to play in the NFL. Released by the Buffalo Bills after a five-month stay, Knox took his dream to the extreme.
"I stood out in front of Ralph Wilson Stadium," Knox told Fansided.com, "about three months ago in the middle of a snow storm with a sign saying 'Nobody wants it more than me.' I stood out there for two hours until the cops came."
The JFK-grad Knox last played for UB in 2011 and didn't get a NFL shot until Dec. 30, 2014 when Buffalo signed him to a futures contract. He was then released May 13, 2015 when Buffalo signed ex-Jets fullback John Conner.
In 2011 with the Bulls, Knox was the lead blocker for current San Diego Chargers back Branden Oliver, who rushed for 1,395 yards and 13 scores.
One thing is for certain: nobody will ever question his love for the game.
"I had frost all over my face, my arms were beat red," Knox said, "and I was frozen but I didn’t care because I wanted Russ Brandon to see, I wanted Rex to see, I wanted Doug Whaley to see, I wanted every single coach who came in that day to see that nobody in or out of that team wants it more than me and I know I got my message across. I emailed Rex Ryan, I emailed Greg Roman and I keep trying to put it in their mind what I am willing to do. I’m not trying to say these others guys aren’t but when they see a guy not giving it everything they have or they are at the end of their career or maybe they just don’t have the same passion for the Bills that I do, (I hope) that they will think of me."
Knox went on to say he was the strongest player on the team when was in Buffalo and facing Khalil Mack every day in UB gave him the confidence he can make it in the NFL. He has thought "a million times" about what he'd say to Bills coach Rex Ryan if he saw the head coach in public.
It'd go something like this...
"I don’t think anyone wants it more than me," he said. "I would die for it. I am not afraid to die for it. I’m not afraid to give it everything I have. I don’t care about money. If I cared about money I would have stopped chasing this dream a long time ago and just started working.
"Most of the time guys that are skilled don’t have it. You get your rare breed that has incredible skill and that type of mentality and work ethic but I think at the end of the day I just about outwork any guy standing next to me and I’ll prove that and I’m not afraid to die for it."