Former Bills WR Lee Evans will welcome the Bills home as the Legend of the Game when the Bills and Minnesota Vikings take the field at Highmark Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
"I'm excited about it," Evans said. "Obviously, the team is doing great, and I know the energy up there is going to be electric. I'm thrilled to come back and be a part of it."
Evans, a Bills 2004 first-round draft pick, spent seven seasons with the Bills and his last season in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens. In 109 games with the Bills, Evans tallied 5,934 receiving yards and 43 touchdowns.
Even though Evans' NFL career wrapped up in 2011, football is still a big part of his life. His oldest son, Lee Evans IV, is starting a football career of his own and maybe one day his youngest, Lyndon, will follow in their footsteps too. So, Evans goes from Dad at home to coach on the football field.
"A lot of sports for my oldest son who plays basketball, baseball, and football," Evans said. "I was coaching a lot of that. He was on travel teams, so I've done a lot of traveling and coaching which was taking up a lot of time for sure."
But even with his busy schedule, Evans still makes time to keep up with his former team who he feels is full of potential this season.
"The building blocks have been there for the past few years and now this year, they should have a real chance to go all the way," Evans said. "It's been a fun ride, it's been fun to watch, and to see it up close in person is going to be a lot of fun for me."
But seeing this Bills team in action isn't the only reason Evans is looking forward to returning to Buffalo. He's just as excited to be surrounded by the people who made his time in Buffalo so memorable.
"You go to different places and see other teams, but the people in Buffalo and the fans of Buffalo are like no other," Evans said. "And even after being gone and getting a chance to come back, this is what's really going to make it special."