Since being drafted in the second round out of Florida by the Patriots in 2010 (62nd overall), New England has been the only place Brandon Spikes has ever known.

Prior to last week, the 26-year old had spent his entire NFL career as a member of the Patriots while forging friendships and a close bond with guys who he went to battle with week after week, and he’s been part of a program that is used to being among the NFL’s elite.

Spikes, who recently signed with the Buffalo Bills as a free agent, will now find himself on the opposite side of the field when he returns to Gillette Stadium next season, and he admitted that it’s going to be an emotional experience for him.

“It’s going to be emotional for me,” Spikes told the Boston Herald. “Right now, I’ve had dreams about it already. It’s going to be an emotional game. I’m probably going to be in tears the entire game. I know it’s going to be a battle. It’s definitely going to be a battle at all times. I’m looking forward to that, and I’ll probably dream about it every night until it comes this fall.”

Even though he may no longer be a Patriot, Spikes did admit that he plans on staying in touch, despite the fact he’s now part of an AFC East rival.

“I definitely won’t leave those guys behind,” Spikes said. “They will always be friends of mine. I spoke to them a few times already, and I actually was just hanging out with (Pats linebacker) Jamie Collins yesterday. They’ll definitely be friends of mine forever. I’ll be in contact, and I’ll never forget them. They have a great linebacker core with a lot of young guys. They’ll definitely be fine over there, and I’ll be watching them play and being in contact with them.”

Meanwhile, fans will miss moments like these that made Spikes so unique: