For Terrence McGee, it was an unceremonious end to a ten season career with the Bills. McGee, 32, was one of the many veteran players released early this offseason. With years of memories, he sat and shared some with us on Wednesday.
"I would probably say that my favorite year was my second year," the former Bills defensive back said. "That was the year that I actually started playing a little more cornerback, because Troy Vincent got hurt. That kind of got me into the lineup as far as being a starting corner. It's also the year that I had my best year as a kick returner and went to the Pro Bowl."
But it's also the year that the Bills missed the playoffs by one game, losing that finale against the Steelers. For McGee, that was a microcosm of his Bills career - so many seasons of hope ending in disappointment.
"That's probably not event the worst (memory) that lingers in my hear right now," he noted. "At first it was. We never made it to the playoffs. But it was more just my last couple years, just staying hurt."
And that's probably the main reason that McGee is no longer with the Bills. He's missed significant time each of the last four seasons, and ended the last two years on injured reserve. He's still recovering from his latest setback - a knee injury that required surgery in November.
"In the present, I'm just trying to get my knee right and hopefully. Wherever my career leads me, whether it's to play another year or move on to that next stage in life."
Throughout his career with the Bills, McGee's been one of the many athletes who's had a notable commitment to the community. That will continue, at least in the short term, as he has once again signed up to personally sponsor this year's Gus Macker Tournament in Downtown Buffalo.
"First off, the city means a lot. Just being here ten years, I really love the fans and people today. As far as the Gus Macker, I've been doing that for a few years. I know they need a little help, and I don't mind providing that help."
And so, after ten years with the Bills, McGee is training to be in football shape with the hopes of taking his experience to another team and another city.