Buffalo Bills Safety Jordan Poyer approaches Lake Erie smallmouth bass the same way he approaches NFL QBs.
Jordan Poyer was originally drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles, played a short stint with the Cleveland Browns, and is now one of the anchors of arguably one of the NFL's top defenses in Buffalo.
Having found a niche in western New York, Poyer is now a relaxed version of his former self and has found a new specialty: catching Lake Erie smallmouth bass. In what guide Jim Hanley calls "the best freshwater lake in the world," the pair travels to a wide variety of hot spots and pulls out some of Erie's famed bronzbacks.
With so much to think about the week before a game, a little relaxation on the water is good for the mind and the soul. Here's how an NFL-caliber defensive back gets his groove on before Sunday.
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"The 50-mile radius around Buffalo, NY is the best freshwater fishing anywhere in the world," Hanley said.
With stunning catches of smallmouth bass up to the 6- and 7-pound level and walleyes the size of your arm, Lake Erie proves its worth over and over again.
As fishermen, we've all been a part of a relaxing afternoon on the water that takes every bit of stress and pressure off our backs. While being a starting NFL safety has its unique challenges, all of us can relate to losing ourselves behind a rod and reel for a day!