Bills Fans Ready for McGahee’s Return to Buffalo

Baltimore Ravens running back Willis McGahee (23) is brought down by San Francisco 49ers tackle Aubrayo Franklin (92) in the second quarter of a football game Sunday, Oct. 7, 2007, in San Francisco 

One of the more interesting storylines for Week 7 is the backlash that now Ravens running back Willis McGahee takes upon his first return to the home of his old team – the Bills Sunday.  It was no secret that the back made some rather unflattering comments about the city of Buffalo when he was there, as well as at one point suggested that the team should explore a full-time move to Toronto for more fan support.

Now McGahee will suit up with the purple of the Ravens, and it will be a most hostile welcome back to Western New York for the former first-round draft choice of the Bills.  His session with the Buffalo media on Wednesday basically was a 20-minute Q&A with trying to dance around topics like his tenure in Buffalo and his careful use of words when it came to the city.  The best line was when he was asked if he regretted saying the team should move to Toronto.  “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said.

Bills fans have such hatred for McGahee that they are buying in bunches a “Willis Is Trash” t-shirt that can be brought online.  The back seems to think that Sunday will be just another game in just another city.  Little does he know what he has awaiting him.  “The stuff I hear on road games … it’s not going to be anything new, to tell you the truth,” McGahee said. “That’s stuff I hear in any city.”

McGahee even took the role of victim in his press session, stating that he was misunderstood by the fans and the team.  “Once something leaves your mouth, it never comes back the way you said it,” McGahee said. “[The Bills players] know I’m nothing like people seem to say I am. Once you get to know me … you would be like, ‘He’s really down to earth.’ I just be chillin’, man.”

He’d better be ready to take some heavy shots Sunday, if not from the Bills defense, then from the fans that will shower him with rants and taunts like no other player has seen in Rich Stadium since the glory days of Brian Cox giving the fans the double middle-fingers.      


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