ORCHARD PARK - The last time Jehuu Caulcrick played at Ralph Wilson Stadium, he rushed for 162 yards and scored two touchdowns, including an 80-yard kickoff return, in helping the Clymer Pirates to a 28-6 victory over Lyons to capture the Class D Far West Regional title.
That was in November of 2002.
Since then, Caulcrick has had a productive college career for the Michigan State Spartans and been on four different National Football League practice squads New York Jets, Cleveland, San Francisco and Buffalo.
Come Sunday, the running back's football career will come full circle so to speak as he returns to One Bills Drive. Caulcrick was promoted to the Bills' 53-man roster last week and will make his home debut with against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
On Wednesday, Caulcrick confirmed he will again be on the team's 53-man roster.
And though Caulcrick, who will be wearing number 30, is eight years removed from his days donning a Pirates jersey, he admits he still thinks about his high school days when he walks down the tunnel at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
"Sometimes but not all the time," Caulcrick said from his locker inside the practice field. "I am just focusing on the task at hand and trying to get better each day."
Caulcrick made his NFL debut last week at Cincinnati as he rushed once for two yards on a trap play to give the Bills a crucial first down in the third quarter. Once Caulcrick returned to the sideline, he could be seen with an ear-to-ear smile underneath his helmet.
"It was a good experience," he said. "I am trying to help this team wherever and whenever I can. When my number was called I went in there and did my job."
Despite the memorable moment, Caulcrick is looking forward to Sunday when his friends and family will be in the crowd. Caulcrick had to get 24 tickets for family and friends, but knows many more friends from the Southern Tier will be in attendance.
Caulcrick knows in order to stay on the 53-man roster and avoid going back to the practice squad, he will have to continue to work hard and he adds the running back core of Fred Jackson, C.J. Spiller and Corey McIntyre have been key in helping learn the ways of the NFL.
"I take it as I am still a work in progress," he said. "I think you have to keep working to stay on this level. You can't get complacent. It's been a real good group of guys and coaches. Everyone collectively has helped me out."