BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The journey to the NFL for Cyrus Kouandjio began in the African country of Cameroon, where the now 6'6", 311 pound offensive lineman grew up playing soccer.
Kouandjio only learned about the game of football to help get through high school, and the transition was anything but smooth.
"They kept telling me stories of how awkward and lost I looked out there on the field sophomore year," said the 2nd round pick.
"Some funny stories that I'm too ashamed to tell you guys. From what I heard it was a tough transition for me but I thought it was cool. I didn't know better."
A number of experts had the All-American going mid to late first round in the NFL Draft. Kouandjio, however, fell to the second round where he was selected by the Bills with the 44th overall pick. It's an experience he says he will use as motivation.
"It started a fire inside of me that I haven't felt for years, because I've felt like I've been on the top for a long time. I felt as if I needed that and I feel like Buffalo is the perfect spot for me," said Kouandjio.
He also plans on continuing his winning ways, despite the Bills' current playoff drought.
"I'm a winner. That's what I do," said Kouandjio.
"So I come here with the intention to win games no matter what. I don't care... I've lost about 7 games in my life. I know what a winning program looks like. I have high hopes for this team. I believe in this team. I believe in these men. I see nothing but winners."