Today, Aug. 3, is Tyrod Taylor's birthday.
It also happens to be the birthday of a certain other AFC East quarterback.
The Bills quarterback is very aware of this, as he told The Buffalo News during an extensive Q & A earlier this year.
Here's an excerpt from that interview, in which he expounds upon two birthday boy quarterbacks who were drafted in the sixth round.
Q: So what has happened in your life, on or off the field, that you couldn’t control?
Taylor: On the field, injuries. Being drafted and not getting the reps that you want to get.
But at the same time, when those reps come, being able to take advantage of them. That’s something our chaplain used to tell us at Virginia Tech and he was also our chaplain in Baltimore — “Opportunities will come” — I wrote this down actually in my notebook every training camp.
“Opportunities will come. When they come, will you notice it? And if you notice it, will you be prepared?”
That’s something I’ve always tried to live by. The shot will come. Just make sure you’re prepared. The last thing you want to happen is you get the opportunity and you’re not prepared for it and it goes by. There are so many new players that come into this league every year, so many players that play on Sunday. Opportunities are all over. It’s about what you do with that opportunity.
I look at Tom Brady as a perfect example. He was drafted in the sixth round like me. And it’s funny, we have the same birthday as well: August 3.
I look at that situation, and even Aaron Rodgers, both of those guys believed in themselves whether other people did or didn’t. And when their opportunity came, they took it and made a great name for themselves as the top quarterbacks in the league.
During the Q&A, Taylor also says: "I play this game to be one of the greatest players to ever play."