It’s homecoming weekend for three Bills

The Bills and Cowboys have had a pretty good rivalry since they faced each other in back-to-back Super Bowls back in 1992 and 1993.  The last time they played each other, on a Monday night in Buffalo, the two teams delivered one of the best games of the year.  The two teams will look to duplicate that this Sunday in Dallas and the Bills will no doubt be looking for a little revenge following that heart-breaking Monday Night loss 4 years ago.  For three Bills players, however, it is more than just a rivalry game.  Running Back Fred Jackson, Wide Receiver David Nelson, and Cornerback Aaron Williams are all coming home.

Aaron Williams was born in San Jose, California but grew up in Round Rock, Texas.  He attended McNeil High School in Austin, Texas where he was a Parade All-American.  He also made second team All-USA team by USA Today.  He also played in the 2008 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.  Williams was the only Texas native on the Bills roster to stay at home and play college ball, attending the University of Texas under Mack Brown.  He started 23 games at UT and was a second team All-Big 12 in 2010.  Williams was drafted by the Bills in the 2nd round in the 2011 NFL draft.  This week’s game will be extra sweet for Williams if he is able to go, as it will be the first action he would see since the scary injury that he suffered in Week 3 against the Patriots when he was carted off the field.

David Nelson was born and raised in Wichita Falls, Texas.  He played at 1A Petrolia High School before he moved to S.H. Rider High School in Wichita Falls.  Nelson was named Class 4A first team all state for his senior season in which he caught 91 balls for 1,641 yards and 18 touchdowns.  He also played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.  Nelson was captain and letterwinner for the Rider Raiders, a fact that won’t surprise Bills fans who have gotten to know David during the past two years.  Nelson headed to the University of Florida to play with one of the best college players of all time, Tim Tebow.  Nelson went undrafted in the 2010 NFL draft but was quickly scooped up by Buffalo, where he has caught 66 balls for 755 yards and 6 TDs in only a season and a half.  It will be a very satisfying homecoming for Nelson, who has earned his stardom the hard way.

Perhaps the most satisfying homecoming story however belongs to Fort Worth native Fred Jackson (sorry, couldn’t find a high school picture of him.)  Jackson attended Lamar High School in Arlington.  He traveled to little Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  His amazing career path has gone from Lamar to Coe to the Sioux City Bandits of the National Indoor Football League to the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe to the Buffalo Bills practice squad to finally, starting Running Back of the Buffalo Bills.  He made the Bills’ roster during the 2006 season and since then has amassed 3,663 yards on the ground to go along with 1,484 yards through the air and 20 touchdowns.  In 2011, at age 30, Fred Jackson is a candidate for NFL MVP and on pace to match or surpass the best all-around performance by a Bills franchise that has had versatile Hall-of-Famers O.J. Simpson and Thurman Thomas in its backfield.  It will be an extra special homecoming for Jackson who has certainly not taken the easy road from Lamar High School in Arlington to face of the franchise for the Buffalo Bills.

Good luck to those Texas boys on the Buffalo Bills and the rest of the squad in a big game this weekend in Dallas.

Twitter @ErikVenskus

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30 year old sports enthusiast and aspiring writer from Boston.

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