Former Redbird Mendenhall Signed By Buffalo Bills
Walter Mendenhall
Walter Mendenhall

April 7, 2010

NORMAL, Ill. - The Buffalo Bills of the National Football Leauge (NFL) announced the signing of former Illinois State running back Walter Mendenhall to a free-agent contract Wednesday. The Bills now have three running backs on the roster, with Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch being the others.

Mendenhall was contacted by the Bills to come and workout for the team and he must have impressed the decision-makers, as they offered him a contract after the workout. Mendenhall is grateful for the opportunity to continue his football career and looks forward to getting started.

"It's a blessing that I get to continue my career in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills," Mendenhall said. "It's been a long road to get back here after stops in Philadelphia and Indianapolis, but I am looking forward to the opportunity. I'm here in Buffalo ready to work and have a lot to prove."

The older brother of Pittsburgh running back Rashard Mendenhall was most recently with the Indianapolis Colts prior to the 2009 season, as a late training camp signing. He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles last April.

Mendenhall transferred to Illinois State in prior to the 2008 season from Illinois and despite only starting four games, led the Redbirds in rushing with 796 yards on just 126 carries with 11 touchdowns. The Valley All-Newcomer Team selection posted four 100-yard rushing games, including a 225-yard rushing day against Youngstown State. The Skokie, Ill., native ranked fourth in league games for rushing yards with 108 yards per game.

Mendenhall joins former Redbirds Laurént Robinson (St. Louis) and Tom Nelson (Cincinnati) on current NFL rosters. Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, TRC gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.