1st & Ten with JUSTIN ZIMMER
Bills Digest|November 15, 2020
Creating a long-term home in the NFL has not been a piece of cake for Justin Zimmer — but he may be finding one with the Buffalo Bills.

Zimmer, 28, was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster prior to Buffalo’s Monday night game against the Kansas City Chiefs and provided an instant boost, nearly changing the outcome of the game with an apparent forced fumble (that was later overturned via replay). Pro Football Focus considered Zimmer to be Buffalo’s highest-rated interior defensive lineman in that game, and he was active once again the following week against the New York Jets. Here’s a look at what Zimmer recently had to say about his journey and what he’s continuing to work on in order to make his stay in Buffalo a permanent one.

1 You’re a guy that’s been up and around NFL rosters for a while now ... I’m sure you know what every type of possible transaction means. What is it like for a guy like that’s been on the fringes of an NFL roster for so many years? What kind of life has that been like for you?

A: It’s an interesting life for sure. I’ve moved countless times, honestly. It’s good and it’s bad because I’ve been able to experience a lot of different cities across the country and stuff like that, so that’s cool. But in terms of just having to get up and move my life pretty often, that’s not very fun. My wife hates it too, she has to move our stuff most of the time because a lot of the times, as you know, they call you and have to be there within a day or two. So I’m out right away and she’s left to pack up all of the house, and that sucks for her. It’s kind of just always being ready and being willing to move around and do what it takes to try and make good money here. There’s not many other things you can do to make this much money so I guess moving around is a side effect of that that I have to deal with.

2 Do you kind of laugh when you hear people talk about the life of an NFL player? I’m sure people assume that you live some glamorous lifestyle that’s a lifestyle of the rich and famous kind of thing.

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