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Acquired by Buffalo Bills:
Drayton Florence, #29, is a cornerback for the Buffalo Bills of the NFL.
Originally Entered NFL:
He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft. On March 1, 2008, Florence was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars, and on March 3, 2009, Florence joined the Bills as one of the key members of a resurging defense.
A native of Florida, Florence was an all-district selection at Vanguard High School in Ocala, FL. He attended Tuskegee University where he majored in social work. On the field, he registered a school-record three returns for touchdowns on interceptions. As a senior, he was named first-team Division II All-America by the Associated Press and American Coaches Association.
In 2005, Florence and his wife Tiffany created the Drayton Florence Foundation with a mission to educate, motivate and stimulate youth, preparing them for a lifetime of success.
A child of a military family himself, with both his father and currently his sister serving our country, Florence is all too aware of the challenges families face during these deployments. It is because of this passion for our local heroes that he has expanded the mission of his foundation to specifically serve children of local military families.
2011 marks the second year that the Drayton Florence Foundation has partnered with the Wounded Warrior Project to provide Buffalo Bills tickets to our troops wounded while serving our country. In addition to his focus on military families, Drayton continues to give back to underprivileged children in his hometown of Ocala, Florida. The Drayton Florence Foundation is committed to giving back in both Buffalo and Ocala, and will continue to strive to provide for both our military families who sacrifice so much for our freedom and our community children whose families are struggling simply to make ends meet.
Acquired By Bucs:
• Claimed off waivers by Tampa Bay from the Cleveland Browns on September 1, 2008.
Originally Entered NFL:
• Originally entered NFL as undrafted free agent on May 1, 2008 with the Cleveland Browns.
• Started 31 of 33 games at South Carolina State where he recorded 181 knockdown blocks and had 19 TD-resulting blocks.
• Named Third Team All-American by the AP and was an honorable mention choice to the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) All-America squad as a senior.
• In 2011, visited U.S. troops stationed in Australia during the week of Super Bowl XLV for an AFE military appreciation tour.
• Participated in the Buccaneers Play 60 Challenge event with local middle school students at One Buccaneer Place in February 2011.
• Took part in the third and fourth annual Buccaneers Day of Giving events, surprising 30 underprivileged families with holiday gifts, tickets, and a shopping spree in December 2009 and 2010.
• Along with the O-line and Tight Ends, surprised 26 single mothers with gifts for the holidays in December 2010.
• Helped sponsor the 2009, 2010, and 2011“Turkey Time with the O-Line” programs, providing more than 1,200 Thanksgiving meals for local needy families.
• Played games and interacted with children at Metropolitan Ministries’ Fall Festival in 2009, 2010, and 2011.
• Led athletes from Special Olympics Florida through football drills during training camp in August 2010.
• Initiated the James Lee Foundation in 2010 to strengthen the lives of children in the Belle Glade and Tampa Bay communities through academics and athletics.
• Has one daughter, Jayce.
• Born James Lee on August 17, 1985 in Belle Glade, Florida.
• Acquired by Redskins:
• Waived by the Redskins on September 5, 2009, but signed to the team’s practice squad on September 7, 2009.
• Signed with the Redskins as a free agent on January 5, 2010.
• Young was a third team All-CAA selection as a senior and as a four-year starter with Villanova he ranked second on the squad in 2008 with 73 total tackles. He played in 44 games during his collegiate career and totaled 244 total tackles, including 113 solo tackles and 131 assisted stops. He registered 19.5 tackles for loss, 6.0 sacks, one interception, one forced fumble and three blocked kicks.