Donte Whitner is hospitable and boastful

In sports, the true leaders are the ones who take it upon themselves to help the team.

That seems to be the case for Donte Whitner, who has opened up his home to Bills rookie CB Leodis McKelvin to help him adjust to the rigors of the NFL.

“To succeed in the NFL, it’s not only about what you do on the field,” says Whitner, who broke into the Bills’ starting lineup as a rookie after being selected No. 8 overall in the 2006 draft. “It’s the whole package. How much film do you study? How well do you take care of yourself? What choices do you make off the field? It’s all part of how successful you become.

“That’s why I reached out to Leodis after we drafted him. I’m there for him. He’s my new teammate, part of the Bills family, and I want him to do well. The better he plays, the better we’ll be. And I’m serious about winning.”

That’s great to hear for Bills fans, knowing one of their top players is making the effort on and off the field. In today’s NFL, it doesn’t seem like there’s too much of this emotion from the players.

Now, that’s all well and good, but Whitner wasn’t done talking.

When asked if he expects the Bills to make the playoffs, Whitner makes it clear how serious he is. “Do I expect us to make the playoffs?” he says. “I’m guaranteeing it.” He has delivered that message to McKelvin, who was rated by many scouts as the best cornerback in the draft.

Now, I’m not quite sure if that’s a guarantee that the Bills WILL make the playoffs or just a guarantee that he EXPECTS the Bills to make the playoffs. Either way, I can’t say Donte Whitner is in the Joe Namath-Mark Messier echelon of leaders who made guarantees, but let’s remember that Thomas Vanek guaranteed a Sabres playoff berth this season, and look how that turned out.

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Posted on July 8, 2008, in Bills/NFL and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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