Coordinator Frazier provides Bills calm, reassuring presence


In in early early June June twenty twenty twenty twenty America America it it was was on on fire fire facing facing a a reckoning reckoning on on race race that that erupted erupted with with the the police police killing killing of of George George Floyd Floyd in in Minneapolis Minneapolis every every corner corner of of the the nation nation was was impacted impacted including including western western New New York York with with the the Buffalo Buffalo Bills Bills were were preparing preparing for for the the twenty twenty twenty twenty NFL NFL season season wanting wanting to to give give the the events events sweeping sweeping across across the the nation nation some some perspective perspective for for his his players players bills bills head head coach coach Sean Sean McDermott McDermott turns turns to to his his most most trusted trusted lieutenant lieutenant defensive defensive coordinator coordinator Leslie Leslie Frazier Frazier you you know know he he said said you you know know what what I've I've got got some some guys guys on on my my staff staff who who have have experienced experienced some some of of this this they they have have a a different different shade shade of of color color do do not not do do and and I'm I'm gonna gonna have have to to talk talk to to our our players players and and I I think think it it was was a a really really positive positive move move on on his his part part the the now now sixty sixty two two year year old old Frazier Frazier spoke spoke from from the the heart heart drawing drawing on on a a lifetime lifetime of of experiences experiences that that includes includes having having to to switch switch schools schools when when he he was was eleven eleven years years old old during during desegregation desegregation in in Mississippi Mississippi sure sure lot lot of of you you know know a a lot lot lot lot worse worse in in animosity animosity last last lot lot of of stuff stuff you're you're tending tending and and playing playing quarterback quarterback at at Alcorn Alcorn state state and and H. H. B. B. C. C. use use school school in in Lorman Lorman Mississippi Mississippi Frazier Frazier went went undrafted undrafted in in nineteen nineteen eighty eighty one one he he signed signed with with the the Chicago Chicago Bears Bears and and led led the the vaunted vaunted eighty eighty five five bears bears with with six six interceptions interceptions as as Chicago Chicago rolled rolled to to victory victory in in Super Super Bowl Bowl twenty twenty behind behind arguably arguably the the greatest greatest defense defense in in NFL NFL history history led led by by the the legendary legendary buddy buddy Ryan Ryan a a long long time time you you just just exerted exerted out out number number twenty twenty one one for for a a long long time time but but I I made made a a few few plays plays an an advocate advocate Leslie Leslie Frazier Frazier Frazier's Frazier's NFL NFL playing playing career career was was cut cut short short ironically ironically in in the the biggest biggest game game of of his his life life he he suffered suffered a a knee knee injury injury returning returning a a punt punt in in Super Super Bowl Bowl twenty twenty he he never never played played again again Frazier's Frazier's NFL NFL coaching coaching career career has has included included seven seven stops stops in in twenty twenty three three seasons seasons unlike unlike most most black black coaches coaches in in the the NFL NFL Frazier Frazier has has had had a a shot shot at at the the top top job job having having served served as as head head coach coach of of the the Minnesota Minnesota Vikings Vikings from from twenty twenty ten ten to to twenty twenty thirteen thirteen two two thousand thousand thirteen thirteen with with my my youth youth last last year year Minnesota Minnesota now now is is two two thousand thousand twenty twenty one one a a lot lot has has transpired transpired in in that that in in between between time time but but unlike unlike so so many many white white counterparts counterparts who've who've been been given given second second chances chances as as an an NFL NFL head head coach coach Frazier Frazier has has not not he he was was in in the the running running to to become become head head coach coach of of the the Houston Houston Texans Texans last last offseason offseason but but he he didn't didn't get get the the job job when when the the bills bills blanked blanked Houston Houston forty forty to to nothing nothing in in week week four four the the buffalo buffalo defense defense dedicated dedicated the the game game to to Frazier Frazier bill bill safety safety mica mica hide hide that that any any organization organization but but it it happened happened that's that's my my opinion opinion so so for for him him to to get get a a job job is is open open to to the the freezer freezer is is unfailingly unfailingly positive positive in in his his outlook outlook on on football football and and on on race race hi hi my my grandmother grandmother who who really really love love man man just just just just just just about about that that that that will will conquer conquer all all that's that's what what helped helped me me raise raise your your also also knows knows the the reality reality of of being being black black in in America America addressing addressing the the bills bills players players in in June June twenty twenty twenty twenty Frazier Frazier told told the the team team while while he he was was with with the the bears bears he he was was once once stopped stopped and and questioned questioned by by police police over over his his presence presence at at a a suburban suburban Chicago Chicago shopping shopping mall mall then then he he was was recognized recognized and and allowed allowed to to go go on on his his way way hi hi Mike Mike Rossi Rossi up up

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