Nashville, Tenn. - Former Tennessee State University football operations graduate assistant, Brandon Williams, is spending the summer of 2009 as an operations intern with the NFL's Buffalo Bills.
With the internship lasting only five weeks, Williams was selected from more than 150 applicants. His duties include working with the player personnel department assisting in all facets of the day-to-day operations. In addition, completing scouting projects for the V.P. of Pro Personnel, evaluating players and tracking free agencies around the league.
"I plan on taking advantage of this great opportunity by gaining all the experience I can from different areas of the Bills' organization. This internship gives me the chance to get my foot in the door to pursue a career in a team's front office,"said Williams. "If hired by a team after the conclusion of this internship, it will be a tremendous start towards my future career goals."
After the completion of their first week, Shane Costa, Bills' director of player development, evaluates all interns to ensure they are performing duties effectively with minimal supervision.
"Brandon's resume stood out for a couple reasons. He had football playing experience and he also had significant experience in Tennessee State's football operations office. His credentials were impressive," said Costa. "I have found Brandon to be extremely dependable and very hard working. He is often the first to volunteer for a hard job and never once complains or questions the work. He is respectful and he is well liked by his peers. He has a great future in whatever profession he ultimately chooses and I would recommend him to any organization that is interested in him."
With the experience, Williams plans on working in the front office of a professional team and the office of the NFL commissioner. Williams spent the 2008 Tiger football season as the football operations graduate assistant, receiving a masters in sports administration (2008) and undergraduate degree in exercise science (2007).
A former football player at TSU from 2004-2007, the Hampton, Va. native was the starting fullback and is remembered for making an unimaginable reception for a two-point conversion. Williams' score gave TSU a 31-30 overtime victory over Jackson State in the 2006 Southern Heritage Classic.
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