Gilmer’s David Snow returned to Buckeye Stadium in Gilmer when the Bucks hosted the Spring Hill Panthers two weeks ago, and helped his alma mater on the sidelines during the contest. He returned back to Texas again Sunday as a member of the Buffalo Bills when they played the Houston Texans.
The Mirror had a chance to visit with David after the Texans 21-9 win over the Bills at Reliant Stadium and get his thoughts about being in the NFL and about his beloved Buckeyes as they prepare for Friday night’s District Championship showdown against the Kilgore Bulldogs.
Snow would have doubtlessly been drafted back in April were it not for the bad seasons his Longhorns suffered through during his junior and senior seasons at UT. In light of the struggles of the team, he was offered a free agency contract with the Bills, got cut on the final cut before the regular season began, then was signed to the team’s practice squad where he remained until the team’s backup offensive right guard was lost due to injury. At that point, three weeks ago, he was signed to the Bills active roster. We asked David his thoughts about his trek to the active roster.
“It has been a tough road (to the NFL), but I’m on the 53-man roster, and I’m happy. The coaches told me that if I cleared waivers after 24 hours they were going to bring me back to the practice squad. I was a bit nervous because the Bills gave me a good deal and I didn’t want to go anywhere else. I was glad when the wait was over and I was brought back to the practice squad. You never want to see anyone get hurt, but I’m glad to be on the active roster. I feel like I will get my chance as I continue to improve.”
We asked David what type of impact Coach Jeff Traylor and the Gilmer program had on making him the man he is now. “Coach Traylor treated us like men when I was in Gilmer. He taught us a lot about life, but I also have to credit Coach Kurt (Traylor) for what he taught me. Since I was an offensive lineman, I was in all his meetings and learned a lot from him that helped me get to where I am now.”
Due to his schedule of workouts with the Bills, David wasn’t aware of the Bucks big win over Bullard last week. He was very happy when we told him of Gilmer’s 57-39 victory last Friday, setting up the showdown for the District of Doom Championship this Friday at Buckeye Stadium.
“I’m excited for them. I could tell they were a very good team when I saw them against Spring Hill. I’m proud of them; they know what it means to be a Buckeye. They just need to remember not to get down if they get behind. They just need to remember they can get the job done. I wish them the best and know they will do it!”