C.J. Spiller is proud to represent the Buffalo Bills in the NFL Pro Bowl.
But he's also inclined to take individual success and accolades with a grain of salt.
Spiller, a thousand-yard rusher and the NFL's leader in yards per carry, is in a 'team' frame of mind.
“The main thing for me is what can I do to help my team get to the playoffs?" Spiller said in an interview with the Bills' official website. "Sitting around watching these guys in the playoffs and watching the conference championship games gives me the chills. You want to be out there and you want to be in those big games. You want to be the one making those big plays and holding up the Lamar Hunt trophy and winning the AFC and going to the Super Bowl.”
Spiller, who was initially passed over in selections for the Pro Bowl, claimed his spot when replacements were named for members of the Baltimore Ravens on the AFC roster. He replaced running back Ray Rice.
Spiller said he plans to play the all-star game at full-speed.
“I’m not going into it cautiously because that’s how you get hurt, when you go out there trying not to give your all,” said Spiller. “I’m going to approach it like I always approach it, which is go out there and do my best. I’m not only representing myself, but I’m representing the organization and I don’t want people saying that the Bills players didn’t give their all. So I’m going to go out there and try my best.
"However the other guys approach it that’s their thing, but once the ball is kicked off its football to me and you’ve got to try to go out there and win the game.”
Spiller said that the success he had this year means even higher goals for next season.
“You don’t want to have a great season and then tail off and not have any more great seasons,” he said. “You want to build off each season and this being my first 1,000-yard year you always want to do something better next year.
"I don’t want to take any steps back in my career. I want to always have something to look forward to the next year.”