LeSean "Shady" McCoy is beyond excited to return to Buffalo this Sunday as the Legend of the Game for what will be an emotional yet electric final game of the regular season against the New England Patriots.
"Before the game happens on Sunday, hearing great news that Damar's responding well, he's conscious, he's talking, he's communicating with the team," McCoy said. "All these things create the narrative of a big game, and it gives the guys something to play for other than just the seeding. They're playing for their brother who fought for his life. It makes the story so much better."
The All-Pro and Pro Bowl running back played in Buffalo from 2015-18 where he tallied 3,814 rushing yards and 30 total touchdowns. But, before McCoy made his way to the NFL, he played football at the University of Pittsburgh – just like Hamlin.
"Damar is a Pitt brother of mine," McCoy said. "A young kid with a chip on the shoulder as he plays his game. He's trending in the right direction with so many improvements. Each day, we get more news that he's improving. So, it's going to be an exciting day and I can't wait."
McCoy shared that there's nothing like taking in the atmosphere at a home game and watching the Bills, who are like family to him, take the field. Adding the element of coming back to a city that's like a second home to him is going to make Sunday an extra special experience for the former RB.
"They treat you like their own. I fell in love with the city, I fell in love with the town," McCoy said. "And then you look at the football aspect. Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane have done a great job of bringing a group of young men together and making a culture as if it's a brotherhood."
When asked what he expects the atmosphere to be like on Sunday, McCoy responded with, "wild."
"This game means so much to the team and also the community because this one is for Damar. That's the first and main reason," McCoy said. "And number two, we're fighting for seeding. Everybody wants to have the number one seed. Imagine people coming to Buffalo in the playoffs. Nobody wants to play there, it's freezing. Those are all the reasons why this game is going to be electric. I look forward to having a great time."