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Bills announce Fred Jackson, Thurman Thomas and Lorenzo Alexander as Legends of the Game in London

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The Buffalo Bills will be far from home when they take on the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, flying over 3,500 miles to London for their first international game since 2015.

However, the field in Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will be donned with red and blue as the Bills are the 'home' team in the AFC contest between Buffalo (3-1) and Jacksonville (2-2).

Three former Bills will travel across the Atlantic with Bills Mafia to make Tottenham feel like Highmark. Thurman Thomas, Lorenzo Alexander and Fred Jackson will be the Legends of the Game for the Bills' Week 5 match-up in London.

Jackson, who spent eight seasons in Buffalo, played six regular season games in the Bills Toronto Series, which took place from 2008-13. The Bills won just one of their regular season match-ups in Toronto.

"I can only speak for myself, but yes, I felt like it was a completely different crowd, a completely different atmosphere," Jackson said on playing internationally.

Jackson finished his career with over 8,600 total yards and 39 touchdowns.

Thomas, who played with the Bills from 1988-99, had his fair share of international game experience, playing in Wembley Stadium, Olympiastadion in Berlin, and twice in Toronto in exhibition games.

Thomas amassed over 16,500 all-purpose yards and 88 touchdowns in his 13-year career. He entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007, becoming the sixth Bills player to be nominated.

Lorenzo Alexander had two of the best seasons of his 13-year career in Buffalo, reaching 12.5 sacks and 76 total tackles in his first season in Western New York. He had 6.5 sacks and two interceptions, a single-season career-high, two seasons later.

Jackson is excited to spend time with his former teammate in Alexander and his mentor in Thomas.

"It's gonna be a blast," Jackson said. "Lorenzo was a great captain, he's known for that. He was a great leader on that team. … Thurman has always been my big brother, every time I needed something, he was one of the first people I talked to after my games and ask him what it is he saw in the game and what he saw watching the film, so it's always good to talk to him."

The trio of Bills legends will be at the Bills Mafia Tailgate Takeover, taking place at the Admiralty Pub in Trafalgar Square in London on Friday, Oct. 6 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. BST. In addition to appearances from Jackson, Thomas and Alexander, there will be giveaways, prizes, a live DJ and a visit from Billy Buffalo.

"Just come be Bills Mafia," Jackson said. "Show London what Bills Mafia is all about. … Hopefully we can spread the fanbase."

More info about the various events in London leading up to the game can be found here.

The Bills will wear blue jerseys, white pants and blue socks when they face the Jacksonville Jaguars in London on Sunday.

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