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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Bills secondary coach Tim McDonald began his NFL playing career with the St. Louis Cardinals before he signed with the 49ers. McDonald went through the process of relocation when the Cardinals pulled up stakes in 1990 and moved to Phoenix. Now his son T.J. is going through the same thing moving with the Rams, again from St. Louis to L.A.
McDonald remembers when he moved with the Cardinals in ’90. For him the only tough thing was the increased amount of travel the following season because the Cardinals at the time were in the NFC East.
“Most everybody in the organization made the move,” McDonald said. “We stayed in the same division. That was a pain in the butt because were in the NFC East at the time so we had to do a lot of traveling. We had Dallas, Philadelphia and the Giants, but there wasn’t much to that transition. For me it wasn’t because I was a California guy. I was closer to home.”
McDonald was a Fresno native, and raised his two NFL sons and daughter in Fresno. So it’s not surprising that his son T.J., who grew up in northern California and played his college ball at USC is finding the move to Los Angeles an easy transition.
“He’s going home, so he’s having a ball,” said McDonald of T.J. “He had a place in L.A. where he would train in the offseason. So he’s going back home.”
His other son Tevin, who is very close to home playing for Oakland, may soon also know what relocation is all about if the Raiders choose to move in the next year or so.
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Bills secondary coach Tim McDonald had a successful 13-year NFL playing career with a Super Bowl title with San Francisco and six Pro Bowls on his resume. Now his two sons are playing in the NFL for teams the Bills will face in 2016, making for an awkwardly competitive situation this fall.
McDonald’s older son T.J. McDonald plays for the Los Angeles Rams as a safety, while younger son Tevin McDonald plays for the Oakland Raiders as a safety and special teamer. The Bills will face both teams on the road this coming season.
“That’s going to be a little different to go against my sons, but they know how I am,” McDonald told Buffalobills.com. “They’re professional. They understand what it means to be a pro. We’re going to try our darndest to kick both their butts when we play them and they’ll try to do the same.
“T.J. jokes about it all the time when I talk to him because I have to watch his game film as well as our game film and kind of critique him. He’ll say, ‘Boy I saw you guys play and saw the tape you guys got your butt kicked. I think we would’ve beat you guys.’ And I’ll look at his game film and say some of the same things. I’ll tell him, ‘If we play you guys and you do this kind of junk we’ll kick the crap out of you.’”
Suffice to say some heavy bragging rights will be on the line this coming season for the McDonald family.
“It’ll be competitive, but it’ll be professional,” said McDonald. “They’re going to do what they’ve got to do to try to win and we’ve got to do what we’ve got to do to win because we’re both trying to get to that next step which is the playoffs. They can’t beat dad. That can’t happen. They know it. Our guys better find a way to go 2-0 in those games.”
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