Eric Moulds is coming back to a place he holds close to his heart.
The former Pro Bowl wide receiver will be the Bills Legend of the Game this week and will address the Highmark Stadium crowd prior to kickoff on Sunday.
Moulds played for 12 seasons in the NFL from 1996-2007. He spent the majority of his career in Buffalo then played for Houston in 2006 and Tennessee in 2007. During his 10 seasons in Buffalo, Moulds had 675 receptions for 9,096 yards and 48 touchdowns. The Bills receiver also was a playmaker on special teams with 96 kick returns for 2,128 yards with one returned for a touchdown.
Buffalo is a special place for Moulds, and he is excited to come back home this weekend.
"I'm coming back to a city that is my second home," Moulds said. "A city where I learned that your hard work will determine your reality. That's what I believe Buffalo is. That's why I played so hard and that's why a lot of fans still identify with me. A lot of the fans when I played there grew up with me for 10 years watching me play and became family. That's what Buffalo is about and that's what it means to me. If you ever played in Buffalo, you would know why."
Throughout his career in Buffalo, Moulds had four 1,000-plus receiving yard seasons. He currently ranks second in career receptions, yards, and touchdowns in Bills franchise history. Moulds was named to the Pro Bowl in 1998, 2000 and 2002 and was a second-team All-Pro in 1998 and 2002. The former Bills' 1996 first-round pick loves the energy around this current Bills team and is eager to see how far they can go.
"I'm so excited to see this team play and succeed and the city succeed and continue to grow," Moulds added. "So that's a hard-working city with hard-working people. This is a city that I grew up in as a young 22-year-old coming in that city and growing as a man so Buffalo will always hold a special place in my heart. And I'll continue to come there and call it my second home until the day I'm no longer on this Earth. Go Buffalo."
Two other Bills Legends will be in attendance for Sunday's game:
Former Bills defensive end Mark Pike is battling through his fight with cancer and will be highlighted during the pregame Crucial Catch recognition ceremony with his family before the game. Pike is currently doing very well with his treatments and is in high spirits.
Pike played 12 years in the NFL who spent his entire career in Buffalo playing defensive end, linebacker and was a core special teamer for the Bills from 1987-1998. The Bills 1986 seventh-round draft pick played in 173 games and had one fumble recovery and 41 combined tackles. Pike also had five kick returns for 45 yards.
Former Bills tight end Lonnie Johnson will be back in Buffalo for Sunday's game. Johnson spent five seasons with the Bills from 1994-1998 and had 153 receptions for 1489 yards and five touchdowns. He has a special connection with current Bills wide receiver Gabriel Davis as he was Davis's high school football coach at Seminole High School in Sanford, Florida.