Time to come clean, Joe Dirt.
It’s time for linebacker Riley Bullough, who was given that nickname by teammate Blake Sims, to tell everyone what he really thinks of all the attention he’s getting as the trash-talking, blonde hair-flowing star of “Hard Knocks.”
“The one thing that’s happened is more people notice me if I’m out in public maybe if I’m out getting a sandwich or something,” Bullough said Monday. “More people say good luck and things like that. It’s been great so far.”
Bullough, who is sixth on the team with eight tackles this preseason, is expected to see some extended playing in the fourth preseason game when veterans and starters typically take a knee. The former Michigan State star made an instant impact, as captured by “Hard Knocks” cameras, on coaches and teammates. He was singled out in a team meeting by head coach Dirk Koetter for his heart and hustle.
“It was definitely unexpected, especially with it being in a team-meeting setting, me being an undrafted rookie,” Bullough said. “But that’s something I pride myself on, being the guy others can look to and being the vocal guy out there. That’s something I’ve always done.”
Bullough comes from a football family that all played at Michigan State. He followed brother Max there, and younger brother Byron is now a Spartans linebacker. His father Shane and uncle Chuck played there, and his grandfather Hank played for the Spartans and then the Packers in the 1950s and was head coach with the Bills in 1984-85.
“It helps a lot. I have been talking back and forth to my older brother Max every day,” Bullough said. “He’s been through it. The same stuff I’m going through.”
Except his brother never garnered the kind of attention Bullough has from “Hard Knocks.” Although his mother objected to Riley being …read more