JACKSONVILLE, FL - Paul Posluszny remembers when he realized he wouldn't be part of the Bills future. After his 4th season in Buffalo in 2010, then-general manager Buddy Nix told him to gain an additional 15 pounds. Posluszny knew that meant he likely wasn't a fit for the Bills defense, but that meeting helped open his eyes about life in the NFL.
"I was still young and naive," said Posluszny.
"You say you'd like to stay be with one team for your entire career, but I just wasn't good enough to do that."
Posluszny joined the Jaguars in 2011. He made the Pro Bowl in 2013 and teammates have voted him captain for six straight years. He's become an inspirational figure for the Jags.
"If you could create or sculpt a football player out of a piece of marble, it would be Paul Posluszny. The way that dude is built and I think his personality and his character is incredible," said Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles.
"The type of leadership and the work ethic that Poz brings to the table every day is unmatched. We've been around some very good players in our day but what he does is amazing. He's like a machine," added Jags defensive coordinator Todd Walsh.
Now in his 11th season, Poz is on not only his first playoff team, but his first team with a winning record. After a career with the Bills and Jags, it means so much to see both teams succeeding.
"It's great for the entire NFL to have that type of situation where you finally get teams that haven't had a chance compete for a championship, now you get them in, so I think it's great for the entire NFL," smiled Pozluszny.
At 33 years old, Paul Posluszny has seen his workload diminish this season, but there may be a benefit to that. With less snaps, he's taking less punishment.
"I don't have the 130 hits that I would have had in years past, so I feel better," he said before adding with a smile "I think it'll add another 3 years to my career.