BUFFALO, NY (WIVB.com) – The legendary basketball coach, John Wooden once said, “Sports don’t build character, they reveal it.” Jeff Tuel proves that theory true. The Bills young quarterback never had the red carpet laid out for him. He was a backup quarterback in high school until getting his chance to start his senior year. He went 4-22 as a starter at Washington State despite owning the highest completion percentage in the school’s history. He’s overcome injuries and adversity at the early stages of his football career, which is a true testament to his character
An undrafted rookie in the NFL, Tuel was thrown in the fire this season following injuries to quarterbacks EJ Manuel and Thad Lewis. At times he shined, while at other times he made mistakes. Tuel still found a way to learn from both his mistakes and his successes.
The reason Tuel has been successful in overcoming adversity throughout his early career is because when most would quit, Tuel pushed harder. He continues to carry that same mentality and attitude into his professional career. Sports may reveal Tuel’s character but it’s his character that will continue to slowly but surely unveil and develop his athletic ability.