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ORCHARD PARK, NY – The Bills introduced their first round draft pick Tre’Davious White to the local media for on Friday afternoon. Here are some of the highlights from White’s first press conference, where he talked about being a Bill and reflected on his journey to the NFL.

How it began…

I can’t tell ya’ll how grateful I am for the opportunity. How happy I am for myself and my family. The couple hours I’ve been here, I’ve met some great people. I can tell this town is passionate about their Bills and I’m looking forward to helping this franchise get the ball rolling with this new coaching staff. And coming in and earning all my stripes and earning the respect of the vets and the guys that are already here. I’m just looking forward to it, appreciate you guys coming in.

On his role…

I just feel I can bring some depth to this secondary. We already have some great players, some players that I’ve watched for some time. Micah Hyde, I watched him when he was in Green Bay, I watched Ronald Darby, when I was in college he was at Florida State and he was another guy. And then we have Jordan Poyer here too, so it’s definitely some guys that I’ve watched at LSU and I’m looking forward to just coming in and just adding to the great players we already have.

On staying 4 years at LSU…

If I would have came out last year, I believe I would’ve went in the first round, but I wasn’t necessarily concerned about it because I knew that God had a plan for me and this was my plan right here, right along. I wanted to become a more complete player and I wanted to mature as a person. I knew last year as a 21-year-old, that I wasn’t ready for the lifestyle of an NFL player, I wasn’t going to be able to balance the two. So I needed that extra year just to enjoy myself with my friends and just mature as a player and also as a person, and getting that opportunity to get my college degree; that was something that I always wanted to do. And also, I feel like my time at LSU I hadn’t accomplished everything I wanted. I wanted to be first team All-SEC, I wanted to be first team All-American, I wanted to win a Thorp and I wanted to win a national championship. I was able to achieve most of my goals, and now that I left, I left with a great standing there.

On his nickname…

When I got to LSU, they shortened it down to Tre. But when I was growing up, I was known as “baby shaq” so…My dad, everybody thinks he look like Sshaquille O’neal. Look at him! They called me baby shaq so, that was that deal.

On his interaction with Sean McDermott…

Oh! It was great meeting with him today, he took me to the side for like five to 10 minutes all about football. You can tell he’s very passionate about defense and that’s what I want. You know I have an opportunity of a lifetime here and I’m coming from a program that’s very defensive minded as well in LSU, so I can kind of relate to it.

On if there is any added pressure being McDermott’s first ever pick as head coach…

It’s not. It’s all football. But I’m very humbled by that. You know, for him to put the trust in me to be one of the first building blocks to turn this thing around, it’s something I’m not gonna take lightly and I’m gonna try and do it with pride.

On using his sports administration degree….

I feel like my calling is to go back to Shreveport Louisiana and be the head coach of my high school football team. I feel like I’ll be able to motivate and inspire kids that way. And also, I could go to the administration side of it if I wanna become and athletic director or something like that.

On critiquing his game…

I just feel like my versatility is above all. I was a guy to shadow receivers for the last two years at LSU, when need be. And also, I played inside and outside and then my junior year where our defensive coordinator had a package for me to play safety. So my versatility and y ability to move around the defensive backfield is definitely an asset. But, you know, just going back on what you said, I feel like, me as a player, I’m a competitor. And I love to compete. I definitely have to work on being a more sound tackler. Definitely something I have to work on. And I’m my own worst critic.

On having three defensive coordinators in four years…

[It taught me] how to respond to adversity. How to respond when that sudden change comes, because in a football game you know, we’re about to score and we come down and we have a fumble or an interception – the defense gotta go on the field and play a sudden change. But it’s all about life, it related to life. It’s all about how you respond to things. All about your reaction to it.

On the mindset that got him to the NFL…

I just wanna be different. My mindset was different. Growing up, I had a lot of family members and a lot of my best friends go the wrong route. I didn’t wanna do that. You’re gonna hear me say my purpose was to motivate and inspire. My mindset was, just because I’m in this situation, I’m not gonna stay here. I’m not gonna live this all my life. So each and every day, I worked out probably three times a day growing up. It was bigger than football. I wanted to do the best of both worlds, get my degree. And for the kids in my community just to see that, going back and passing on money, they’d be like, well it’s not all about that. He’s different. He’s a guy we can learn from. He can inspire us to get a degree, also. It’s not all about just playing sports and just being known as an athlete.

On playing for a passionate fan base like the Billsmafia…

I loved college. That was the best four years of my life, man. I wish I could go back and do it all over again, I would do it all over again. The relationships that I’ve built, the people that I’ve met, and all the things I was able to do and accomplish at LSU. And then coming here to a similar situation where the fans are very passionate. You know at LSU, on Thursday, the game is not until Saturday, you know you have RVs lined up. People are already cheering and ready to go. And I heard here, on Friday, they’re lined up and getting ready for Sunday. So that definitely hit home for me and I’m looking forward to it.

On playing against on top flight receivers…

Oh! I wanna be one of the best to go down and play defensive back. I feel like, early in my career, for me to matchup against those guys, it’s a good stepping stone, you know a good learning curve. I’m gonna come in and I’m gonna compete with them and try to make it hard for those guys. I know that those are pro bowl guys and future hall of famers, so for me to be able to compete and do it against those guys, it’s definitely a privilege. But, also I’m here now too so, I’m a competitor and I’m ready to get to work.