NYUPstate- "2015 was rough man," Enemkpali said after Bills OTA practice Wednesday. "To have that kind of behind me, you know the fellas still give me a hard time with it all. I'm guessing it's something I'll never live down. But it is what it is. It's good to have that behind me."
Enemkpali laughs off the jokes from teammates. He doesn't mind when the topic is brought up. The incident may have turned his world upside down, but he's feeling right at home in Buffalo.
"I thought he did a really good job, because that's not easy," Rex Ryan said. "He certainly didn't want that to ... he doesn't want that mark on him. Everybody sees him as the guy that punched Geno or something like that. This guy's just a football player and that's what he wants to be known as. That's just an unfortunate thing that happened to him."
"That's the goal," Enemkpali said. "Your film is your resume. I want people to know more about my play and how good of a teammate I am and how good of a leader I am and just a good person in the community. That's the goal."
You know, I really hate it when this happens. It's really disappointing when an athlete makes all the right career moves, but just can't catch a break. Can't shake the unearned reputation that precedes him. You throw one punch at a starting quarterback who owes you a couple hundred bucks and all the sudden you're a bad guy forever? How was he supposed to know critically injuring the most important player - at the most important position - on the roster was going to cost him a roster spot? Plus, it's not like he planned on breaking Geno Smith's feeble little glass jaw. I bet he was aiming for his non-throwing shoulder and Geno accidentally ducked right into his fist. He was just trying to do the right thing morally by upholding locker room ethics and all the sudden he's been branded with a scarlet letter? It's just not right. You compromise the ever-fluctuating job security of a couple dozen coaches and out of nowhere you're out on the street? Who would have seen that coming?
I gotta say, I don't really have any interest in living in a world where aggressive special teamers don't feel comfortable bashing their quarterback's face in without being second guessed. Can't we just take the guy's word for it that shattering a teammate's jaw was all-too-necessary and that it's not a representation of what kind of guy he is? Can't we just accept that he's exactly the type of leader that a kick return unit needs without holding him at all responsible for his past actions?