It’s not only a homecoming for USC alum Tim McDonald, but bragging rights will be very much on the line when the Bills face the Rams and McDonald’s son T.J. McDonald.
McDonald, who is returning to the L.A. Coliseum, where he played his college ball at USC, for the first time since his son played for the Trojans.
“It’s been a long time,” said McDonald. “The last time I was there was during one of my son’s spring ball games. So it’ll be good to get back. It’s good to have football back in L.A.”
McDonald’s son T.J. is a safety for the Rams and was a third-round pick of the team in 2013 out of USC. This is the first time he’s facing a team coached by his dad.
“No trash talk. I played for the 49ers for a lot of years and T.J. loves to beat the hell out of the 49ers,” said McDonald. “He was so frustrated with their first game of the year when they lost to the 49ers. He’s going to take a lot of pride in this game this week. He’s going to want to win because he’s knows how dad is. I’m a competitor. He’s a pro and I’m a pro. I’ll be excited to watch him play, but I probably won’t get a chance because we’ll be making adjustments on the sidelines when he’s out there. He’s a big boy. He can respond from a loss if we do what we’re supposed to do.”
McDonald has never gone against his son’s team in an NFL game.
“I really don’t know. We’ll probably take a picture together before the game. He’s really into his game and football. He gets excited to play. He’ll be focused on what he has to do and I’ll be focused on what I have to do. And we’ll let the chips fall where they may and love each other afterwards.”
“It’s pretty exciting especially to see glimpses of yourself, when I watch him on film. I’m excited for him and he loves the game. He’d always ask me, ‘Dad, what do I have to do? He said I don’t want an NFL experience. I want an NFL career.’ So he worked his tail off as a youngster. So I worked with him when I retired and got him involved in the game and just try to teach him how to stay healthy.”
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