For speedy Buffalo Bills wideout Sammy Watkins, being featured on the cover of an Eastbay catalog has added meaning.
“Growing up, my brother and I would go through the catalog and see which cleats we liked the most. I wanted to be light and fast, so Eastbay really helped out because they have the weights right next to the shoe,” Watkins said. “It’s great to be on the cover and think of all the kids in the world who will see it.”
And while we were happy to play any small part in his success, the truth is, the biggest reason for his terrific start in the pros is his attitude. Watkins is as competitive as it gets. He works tirelessly to be a leader on and off the gridiron, turning heads with his skills and his drive.
It’s not hard to see where the 22-year-old got that fighter’s mentality. His older brother, Jaylen, also plays in the NFL (currently with the Eagles) and the two have an intense sibling rivalry.
“When we were younger, we would always at odds, because we were both pretty good at football and both so competitive,” he said. “But we got to play together at Buffalo (in 2015) and we’re really close. He’s always good to have around and we’re just alike in a lot of ways.”
That drive to stand out from his peers is evident in his on and off field style too. When it came time to sign with an apparel company, he found the perfect match for his first-class style in adidas.
“When I signed with them, it wasn’t just an impulse decision. I tried the other brands, but for me, adidas just feels better,” he said. “They are just so comfortable. They’ve got the Yeezy boost, running shoes, adidas Originals — something for just about any fashion. It fits me well.”
He finds a way to make a fashion statement during training camp as well with his huge collection of adiZero cleats. “I would definitely say I’m a cleat head,” Watkins said. “I love those cleats and during camp, I’ll go through 30-40 different styles of them because of their colors and looks.”
So as he preps for his third training camp and season, let’s look into the future. What does he need to accomplish for him to call his career a success?
“Career-wise, I would love to be in the Hall of Fame and be considered one of the best ever, like Randy Moss and Jerry Rice,” Watkins said. “But my ultimate goal is to win a world championship. It can’t get any bigger than that.”
Buffalo’s Sammy Watkins has jaw-dropping speed. The receiver prides himself on being able to outrace any opponent, and in just two NFL seasons, he has already made a full highlight reel of ankle-breaking open field cuts and momentum-shifting long touchdowns. But he isn’t motivated by individual accolades — he wants his team to win. We sat down with Sammy to learn how he’s getting ready to help the Bills make that playoff push.
What He’s Focusing On During Workouts
“Right now, I’m spending a lot of extra time cleaning up my routes and releases. I went back and looked at the areas I needed to work on, and those were some things that I needed to clean up. As a receiver, you’ve got to literally work on everything. You can lose speed, quickness, ball skills, anything, if you don’t work on it. You’ve got to do everything better than you did the year before.”
On The Importance Of Recovery
“I was hurt last year, so this is my first full offseason. And this is a time when you can really work on the health part of football. Whether it’s a groin problem, hip problem, or whatever — you need to take the time to fix it. Throughout the season, everybody gets nicks, bruises, or some type of injury. You’ve really just got to get in the cold tub and treat your body right. If you eat and sleep the right way, everything else should be fine.”
How He Handles Pressure And Stays Focused
“Pressure is in everyday life, so everybody deals with it. You definitely feel it in the locker room or in the huddle when your teammates are looking at you to make a play. But it doesn’t get to me because I just focus on doing what it takes to win. At the end of the day, it’s all about the team. From social media to fantasy football, there are plenty of doubters. I don’t really look at that. The guys in the locker room and the coaches — they’re who matter and who you play for.”
Why He Chooses adidas
“First of all, I’ve always loved adidas. I just think it fits me, my style, and the type of person I am. The adiZero cleats are some of the lightest cleats in the world. When I train, I do a lot of quick drills, improving my foot speed, so they are perfect for that. I think every athlete wants a pair of adiZeros now, not just guys in the NFL. Younger guys that look at the weight of the cleat and want to be the fastest should definitely pick adidas.”
His Advice To Young Football Players
“First, take care of your body. You have to eat, sleep, and train the proper way. Second, play every sport you can. Baseball, basketball, track — they all help. I was slow at one point and track really helped with that. And finally, I would say keep up your grades. You need good grades to make it to college.”
words // Brandon Richard
via Press Release
Ahead of Thursday’s NFL Draft, adidas Football announces the signings of Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins and Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde. The top prospects join a roster that includes Robert Griffin III, Jimmy Graham, Von Miller, Eric Berry, Frank Gore, DeMarco Murray, CJ Spiller, Ryan Tannehill and Kendall Wright.
The newest additions will be featured in a variety of upcoming adidas initiatives and will play a role in the development of football footwear and apparel.
You can shop the adidas football clothing and cleats Watkins and Hyde will be wearing next season now at Eastbay.