Manhertz transitions from hoops to NFL

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) – One of the more intriguing prospects during this weekend’s Bills rookie mini-camp is tight end Chris Manhertz.

Manhertz, a former college basketball player in Buffalo at Canisius, is playing football for the first time.

“I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. It’s not by chance that I’m here. A lot of kids spend their whole lives training and try to get an opportunity, and not get an opportunity. For me to not even stick my foot in the door before, to get this opportunity is a blessing,” said Manhertz.

Still, it’s a steep learning curve for the former Griffs forward. From pass patterns and blocking techniques, to simply putting on a helmet and getting into a stance, he’s starting from scratch.

“Obviously he was a tough guy and competitive guy on the basketball court or he wouldn’t even try football. It’s a long road man, it’s so different. It’s like speaking a different language, it really is,” said Bills head coach Rex Ryan.

Manhertz and the rest of the rookies practice again Saturday and Sunday to wrap up mini-camp. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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