Tifton Gazette

Local Sports

July 5, 2012

Buffalo Bill C.J. Spiller coming to Tifton

TIFTON — On Saturday, July 14, C.J. Spiller will be at Tift County High School to talk to youth about their futures, though all ages are invited to attend.

Spiller is a member of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, where he was drafted ninth overall in the 2010 draft.

Spiller played his college football with the Clemson Tigers, where he was First-team All-ACC twice and a unanimous All-American as a senior in 2009.

Spiller, which has his No. 28 retired by the school, was also the ACC Player of the Year during his senior season.

He also starred as a member of the track team at Clemson., being named an All-American in both indoor and outdoor track and field events during his junior and senior seasons.

“I want to talk with the youth about getting an education and staying with the right people and being in the right situations,” said Spiller in an interview with The Gazette. “I just want to tell my story to them. I want to be real with them, that’s important with young kids, you have to be the real you.”

Spiller grew up two hours south of Tifton, attending Union County High School in Lake Butler, Fla. He was ranked as the top player in Florida, the No. 1 running back in the country, and the No. 8 player overall as a senior, where he rushed for 1,840 yards on 176 carries, scoring touchdowns on 30 of those touches. He is excited to be back in the area to visit with friends and family, but noted that he isn’t here on vacation, he is here with work to do and also must stay in shape preparing for training camp.

“It’s great being able to come back to the part of the country where I’m from,” he said. “It’s nice to come back and give them hope that they can have a bright future. So many kids don’t have that growing up, I didn’t have it. As I got older I decided I wanted to come back here so that I can be a positive role model for them. I want them to hear from someone who has made it and let them know that if they put in hard work and do the things that they need to do that they can be successful as well.”

Spiller will take the time to answer questions from some of the youth once he has finished talking.

“I’m definitely going to take the time to answer some questions from the kids. Anything I can do to have a positive impact I am going to,” said Spiller.

The event, which is hosted by Commissioner Melissa Chevers and the Tift County Athletic Department, will begin at 11 a.m.

Text Only
Local Sports
  • TCHS hosts Saturday’s track sectionals

    Step one is over for the Tift County Blue Devils. The region track meet took place last week and now it is time for sectionals and for the second week in a row, Tifton will be host to a big group of athletes.

    April 24, 2014

  • Soccer playoffs set for Devils

    Soccer playoffs have now been set for the Tift County Blue Devils.

    April 24, 2014

  • Needmore to host Southern Sprint Car Showdown

    This Saturday night, Needmore Speedway will host the second round of a Southern Sprint Car Showdown as sprint cars from the ASCS and Carolina Sprint Car Series will challenge drivers from the Florida Sprint Car Series.

    April 24, 2014

  • Bulloch Academy upsets Lady Panthers, 2-1

    The 2014 soccer season ended Wednesday afternoon for the Lady Panthers of Tiftarea Academy at the Panther Pit. A No. 2 seed going into the state playoffs, they were defeated 2-1 by the Bulloch Academy Lady Gators in the first round.

    April 23, 2014

  • Fillies ready for GCAA softball tourney

    "I'd rather be us than anyone else right now."
    That is the boast of Donna Campbell, head coach of the ABAC Fillies softball team. Looking at how the team has been doing going into the GCAA state playoffs, it is hard to disagree with her.

    April 23, 2014

  • Panthers will play six on the road in 2014

    For Ryan Branch and the Tiftarea Academy Panthers football team, it is one step closer to a regular football schedule. They have 10 games this year, down from the 11 of the past two.

    April 22, 2014

  • Horne named to MaxPreps freshman squad

    Chalk up one more for the Tift County boys basketball team. Another list of honors was released this week and not surprisingly, a local player was honored.

    April 22, 2014

  • ABAC golf team finishes eighth in district championship

    The golf team at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College wound up the year with an 8th place finish in the National Junior College Athletic Association District 4 Championship in Albany at Stonebridge Country Club.

    April 22, 2014

  • Tiftarea headed for state track meet

    There will be lots at stake and lots at state for Tiftarea Academy Thursday. The state track meet is set to begin at Albany's Hugh Mills Stadium and the Panthers have qualified in 21 different events. Long distance, short distance, relays, jumping, there will be at least one individual in all of those and in a handful of events, there will be two Panthers.

    April 22, 2014

  • 20140421 Alex Abbott slides in.tif Blue Devils slide past ‘Cats on Senior Day

    Nine seniors started the day Monday for the Tift County Blue Devils against the Bainbridge Bearcats. Throughout the game, several different combinations were used. By the end of it, the combination of Alex Abbott and Will Reinhardt was the one that mattered most.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

Business Marquee
House Ads
Weather Radar

Do you plan to watch any of the Republican National Convention?

     View Results