Paying it forward, CB Ronald Darby mentors FSU's Marquez White
The brotherhood is strong among players at Florida State. Going into his third season at cornerback for the Buffalo Bills, Ronald Darby was mentored by fellow Florida State players like Xavier Rhodes, LaMarcus Joyner and Terrence Brooks. Now Darby is paying it forward by providing support for cornerback Marquez White as he works his way through preparation for the 2017 NFL Draft.
Darby left school early to start his future in the NFL, but didn’t hesitate to suggest White take a different route. According to Buffalo Bills’ Insider Chris Brown on Monday, Darby shared his honest assessment about leaving college early to join the NFL.
“I don’t think I was ready to be a pro yet and all the things that go with it,” said White. “Darby was actually one of the guys who convinced me to go back to school. He was telling me the ins and outs, the real side that other people weren’t telling me. I think I made the right decision by going back.”
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White, a six-foot, 184-pound finesse cornerback with a 32 1/8 inch arm span no doubt benefitted from Darby’s advice to stay in school another year. White’s lanky physique contrasts with Darby’s more compact body. While Darby can run with the best, White’s strength lies more with his ability to challenge taller receivers.
“He’s told me to take every day to get better,” White said. “Nothing is promised and that nothing gets easier at the next level. That’s the main thing he’s told me. He’s always good about giving a helping hand or listening in whenever I need him. He’s like a big brother to me.”