Q: How did it feel to be out there again?
A: It felt great to be on the field again. I was very excited; it felt good to be out there and try to help my team win. Having that opportunity meant a lot.
Q: You guys offensively seemed to do a lot of good things in the first half, what happened in the second half? Why weren’t you able to sustain that?
A: We had little mistakes here and there. We didn’t finish our drives; a lot of those drives were finished with field goals. If we finished those with touch downs, the outlook of the game is different and it plays out differently. So that is some thing that we need to be able to do is get sevens instead of threes.
Q: The TD seemed to get caught up in the wind. What kind of factor was the wind today?
A: It was something we were conscious of but it wasn’t something that played a huge factor. For me, more importantly was that first drive. Being able to hit the one to Torrey [Smith]; that would have been big to come out that way and give us that lead and be able to play from there.
Q: Did you feel rusty at all? Or nervous? Did it feel different at all than a year ago?
A: No, just excited. I was excited to be out there with my teammates and have that opportunity to go out and compete.
Q: Was that first pass to Torrey [Smith], was that wind affected or just ... ?
A: I think that might have been a little juice, of being out there and having that opportunity. I saw the coverage and knew we had it but I just let it fly a little too long.
Q: Was it refreshing for you despite all of the other things that have been said, you were a football player first, to get to go out there and play football? Were you happy to do that?
A: Oh, most definitely! Once again, I was very excited, very happy to be out there and happy to have the support of my team as well.
Q: What kind of treatment did you receive from Bills fans? There was a report that somebody may have thrown a bottle at you.
A: If they did, they don’t have very good aim. [Laughter] I had some Bills fans come up before the game to say they support me so I think it all depends on who the person is. But at the end of the day, I’m going to continue to fight for what I’m fighting for.
Q: Do you have a bigger platform now, because you’re back being the starter? Do you think that your message maybe carries even more weight now?
A: I think the message carries weight because people realize what’s happening and what’s going on and that it is something that needs to be addressed. There’s people’s lives being taken and people’s lives being affected by this on a daily basis. It is something that more and more conversations are happening that need to happen so ultimately we can address this issue and create change.
Q: What is the nastiest thing someone yelled to you today and what was the best thing?
A: To be honest, I was focused on football so I wasn’t really listening to what was going on in the stands.
Q: Why was it important for you to wear the [Muhammad] Ali shirt today?
A: To pay homage. He was someone that fought a very similar fight and was trying to do what is right for the people. And for me to have someone like that come before me, that is huge. He is someone that helped pave the way for this to happen. What he did and what he stood for, people remember him more for that than they do as a boxer. I can’t let him die in vain; I have to try to carry that on and try to fight that same fight until we accomplish our goal.
Q: Colin, there was a group of Bills fans, maybe 50 or so, before the game, they all kneeled outside the stadium during the national anthem to support you. What does that kind of support mean?
A: That’s huge. I think it’s something that, once again, people are realizing this is a real issue that affects many people. It is something that has to be addressed. Until us as people recognize and address that some of us have privilege, some of us don’t. Some of us are able to do certain things without consequences and others of us can’t. Those are all things that need to be addressed. Me, as a black man that plays football and is considered a celebrity is treated differently than a black man that is working a 9-5 in the hood. That’s just the reality of it and it shouldn’t be that I am treated any differently than that person. And it shouldn’t be that I’m treated differently than that person or that he is treated differently than me. We’re human beings and that needs to be something that everybody is treated that way.
Q: There were also t-shirts being sold outside with your face in a rifle scope, threatening you and some pretty nasty things. How do feel about that? Have you been continuing to get death threats?
A: No, those are rare occurrences now. I think for the most part, people are realizing the impact and what is going on. Like I said from the beginning, I knew the consequences of what could come from this and I was prepared for that.
Q: Just before kickoff, the fans were cheering U-S-A, U-S-A, the implication could be that you are somehow un-American or what you’re doing is un-American, how do you respond to that?
A: I don’t understand what is un-American about fighting for liberty and justice for everybody; for the equality that this country says it stands for. To me, I see it as very patriotic and American to uphold the United States to standards that it says it lives by. That is something that needs to be addressed.
Q: Inside that locker room, you guys have lost five games in a row now. What’s the state of this team and as the starting Quarterback how do you try to turn things around and uplift them?
A: We work. We have to go in, correct things, and make sure everyone is on the same page. We can’t make the mistakes that we’ve been making We can’t hurt ourselves in situations and when there are opportunities to make plays we have to be able to make those and up until this point we really haven’t.
Q: Do you think you did enough to show that you deserve to start again next week?
A: That’s not for me to say. I went out and played as hard as I could and gave this team everything I had. I will continue to do that every week they let me.
Q: Who did you trade jersey’s with at the end?
A: Marquise Goodwin.