Naaman Roosevelt made his dream come true a couple weeks ago when he put on a helmet with the Buffalo Bills logo on it. Roosevelt grew up in Buffalo and has been a lifelong Bills fan. Roosevelt was a standout QB for St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, amassing a staggering 3,452 all-purpose yards his senior year and setting a Western New York record by throwing 35 touchdown passes in just 10 games. When Roosevelt joined the UB Bulls, Turner Gill transformed him into a receiver, where Roosevelt continued to show his athletic prowess.
His outstanding junior season at UB included 104 catches, one reception short of a MAAC record, but Roosevelt will most likely be remembered most for one catch. In a 2008 game against Temple, Roosevelt hauled in an impossible hail mary pass from Drew Willy with no time remaining to give the Bulls the win. The catch set off pandemonium in the UB Bulls stadium and generated some much needed excitement for a program that had been ranked as one of Division 1’s worst in past years. Bills fans can only hope Roosevelt can help do the same at the pro level.
Check out some highlights of Roosevelt’s tremendous career at UB: