Marcus Roberson's path to the NFL has been an adventurous one.
It includes commitments to three different colleges, as well as a bad decision – his own words – to leave Florida a year early for the professional ranks.
The Buffalo Bills' cornerback starred at football factory St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., before ultimately ending up at Florida for college. Before that, he had committed to both Auburn and Texas Tech – which goes to show verbal commitments should be taken with a grain of salt.
Roberson was made the All-SEC second team in 2012 after finishing with 23 tackles, two interceptions and 12 passes defensed -- which ranked second in the conference.
Roberson got his NFL start with the then-St. Louis Rams, making the team as an undrafted free agent in 2014. He appeared in 25 games over two seasons, making six starts and registering 39 tackles, seven passes defensed and one interception.
Roberson was released by the Rams during final cuts this summer. He joined the Bills' practice squad in September, then got promoted to the 53-man roster prior to Buffalo's Week Eight loss to New England. He ping-ponged back off the roster after that game, but then was re-signed to the practice squad two days later. He got promoted to the 53-man roster again Nov. 14.
The Buffalo News: So I know you spent two years in St. Louis, but has that got a Florida native ready for his first Buffalo winter?
Marcus Roberson: "From what I hear, I don't think anything can prepare me for that."
BN: What makes St. Thomas Aquinas so good year in and year out?
MR: "It's all about preparation there. That's what we learn as soon as we get there. School comes first, too. It's a Catholic school, so they do a great job preparing you for college."
BN: Who were some of your best high school teammates?
MR: "Oh, man, there were a lot. Giovani Bernard, who is with the Bengals. LaMarcus Joyner, he's with the Rams now. Phillip Dorsett is with the Colts. Bobby Hart is with the Giants. Rashad Greene is actually a receiver with the Jaguars, so I'll see him this weekend. I'm excited about that."
BN: Who was the best player you went against?
MR: "Probably James Wilder Jr. He was up in Tampa. We played against him in the state championship (which St. Thomas won in 2010)."
BN: As a junior at Florida in 2013, you played in only seven games with four starts, missing four games because of injuries and one more due to a suspension. Despite that, you left school early and entered the draft. What went into that decision?
MR: "I was just young. Not really knowing or having guidance."
BN: It sounds like you regret it.
MR: "A little bit. I wish I would have stayed and learned more and finished school. If I could go back and do it over, I definitely would stay."
BN: Some draft guides had you rated as a second- or third-round draft pick. Knowing that, did going undrafted motivate you?
MR: "It kept a chip on my shoulder, but I’ve always worked hard, so that wasn't going to be any different. I'm here now, so it's all good. I'm happy."
BN: What have you thought of Buffalo since you've been here?
MR: "I like it, actually. I like the DBs here, everybody’s been welcoming. Stephon Gilmore, I can lean on a guy like that. Even the younger guys like Ron Darby, Jonathan Meeks, Nickell Robey-Coleman – those guys have helped me any time I have a question."
MR: What are you into away from the field?
MR: Bowling. Fishing. Those are probably my two biggest hobbies. Being on the ocean, Fort Lauderdale's got a lot of good fishing. Really it's just hanging with my friends, mostly."
BN: You're in a good town for both those things.
MR: "Oh, yeah? I haven’t gone up here yet. That's good to hear."
BN: What do you fish for mostly?
MR: "Yellow Jacks. That’s my favorite fish to catch."
BN: I don't think you're going to find any of those in Lake Erie.
MR: "That's ok. I rode past the lake. That’s a pretty scene over there. This offseason, I'll have to get out there. Once it warms up a little bit."