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Tears of relief, joy for Manuel in first round

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Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel stands with the team jersey after being selected 16th overall by the Buffalo Bills in the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday night at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

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NEW YORK (AP) — EJ Manuel told himself he wasn't going to cry.

But then he heard his name called and thought about all his family has gone through to get to this moment, when the Florida State star became the first quarterback picked in this year's NFL draft.

His mother, Jackie, is in remission from breast cancer, he said. She's still undergoing radiation therapy but is back at work.

"Her hair is growing back; she's starting to look like herself," Manuel said Thursday night. "I'm just ecstatic right now."

The Buffalo Bills took Manuel with ...


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