PHOENIX -- When UTEP safety Kelvin Fisher Jr. sits down for dinner or talks to his father, Kelvin Fisher Sr., the two rarely talk about football.
It’s not for a lack of interest.
Fisher Sr. is the Buffalo Bills director of college scouting. Fisher Jr. is trying to make a roster. Sometimes, they’ve discovered, the best conversations are the ones that are never had.
“It is different being at the table just because I do know he has to watch film on me and make certain decisions,” Fisher Jr., said.
Like most fathers would, Fisher Sr. tries to help his son when he can. He told his son what times teams would be interested in from certain drills. And when Fisher Jr. asks questions, Fisher Sr. is there to answer them.
Fisher Sr. has spent time focusing on the interview process with his son, telling Fisher Jr. to make sure he gets to know everyone in a team’s building, if he’s brought in for an interview. He had 33 tackles and one interception as a senior last season.
But Fisher Jr. said the best advice his father has given him have been tips on how to be a professional.
“He’s been grooming me for that since I was a little kid,” Fisher Jr. said . “Just learn how play the game and off the field, how to act.”
Throughout the years, however, one piece of advice from his father has stuck with Fisher Jr.
“It’s been years but if I had to choose one … just staying out of the headlines,” Fisher Jr. said. “At the end of the day, that sums up a lot.”