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June 23, 2014

Interview with Bills QB E.J. Manuel

The First Annual E.J. Manuel Football Camp held at Bayside High School in Virginia Beach on Saturday, June 21, 2014 proved to be a smashing success. Nearly 300 kids showed and participated at the free football camp held by the starting signal caller of the NFL's Buffalo Bills with a throng of media and fans in attendance as well.

Manuel, a first round draft choice selected #16 overall by the Buffalo Bills in 2013, graduated from Bayside and went on to play his College Football at Florida State University, where he became only the second quarterback ever to win four bowl games. That included an Orange Bowl triumph over Northern Illinois, the first BCS Bowl win for FSU since 2000, to cap a career record of 25-6 as a starter with the Seminoles.

During his rookie season with the Bills, Manuel earned Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week honors after leading a game-winning nine-play, 80-yard drive in a Week 2 victory over the Carolina Panthers. He also became the first rookie quarterback ever to defeat a defending Super Bowl Champion in September when they beat the Baltimore Ravens.

While a right knee injury in October against the Cleveland Browns caused him to miss five weeks of the season, Manuel finished with 1972 yards, 11 touchdowns compared to nine interceptions and a 58.8% completion percentage in his first pro season.

At his football camp back in his hometown, Manuel spoke with Matthew Hatfield and Coach Ed Young of High School Sports Talk Presented by VirginiaPreps.com on ESPN Radio 94.1 about a variety of topics. You can listen to that interview at the link below . . .

Hear the E.J. Manuel Interview on ESPN Radio 94.1 Here

Matthew Hatfield has covered football and basketball since 2004 for VirginiaPreps.com, part of the Rivals.com Network. Check out Hatfield's Twitter page for more sports related updates, and you can also read his work in the Suffolk News Herald. To contact Matthew, please e-mail [email protected], and don't forget to listen to him every Saturday at 10AM on ESPN Radio 94.1, plus watch him on the Cox 11 Sports Report.

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