EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. –Stefon Diggs had more than 30 ticket requests for Sunday's game at Washington, but there are a few faces he's especially excited to see.
"My family will be there. That's the only thing that's important to me," Diggs said.
Sunday will be the receiver's first time playing back at home since he was drafted in the fifth round by Minnesota in 2015. It's a day he's been looking forward to, even though most of the stands won't be dressed in purple and gold.
"It's going to be exciting," Diggs said. "I'm not thinking about too much of a homecoming, but I'm definitely excited to see my mom and just to get back to playing [in] my old town. So I'm just excited."
A native of Gaithersburg, Maryland, Diggs attended Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, where he was one of the top recruits in the nation. In 2012, Diggs considered offers from Florida, Southern California and Auburn before ultimately turning them down in favor of staying in his home state.
Diggs started 24 of 28 career games at Maryland. As a freshman, he recorded 1,896 all-purpose yards, the second-most in a season in school history. Diggs wrapped up his college career with 150 receptions, 2,227 yards and 14 touchdowns.
The 2016 season has been a successful one thus far for Diggs, who has tallied 48 catches for 546 yards and two touchdowns over seven games.
Quarterback Sam Bradford, who joined the Vikings via trade on Sept. 3, formed a quick connection with Diggs, whom he identified as an incredibly versatile player.
"He's a guy that we can play inside. He's a guy that we can play outside," Bradford said. "Obviously with his route tree, we're comfortable running some of the deeper routes down the field."
Last week, Diggs recorded 13 receptions, tying the most in a game this season.
"He's got a great feel for finding the soft spots in zone coverage underneath," Bradford added. "So when you've got a guy like that, it makes it nice because we can put him all over the place; he can do everything we want him to do. We just have to find ways to get the ball in his hands, and we feel like good things will happen."
View images from the Vikings Thursday, November 10 practice at Winter Park.
Diggs is certainly hoping to get the ball in his hands against the Redskins. FedEx Field is just a quick, 34-mile drive from his hometown, and he's excited about returning to his old stomping grounds.
While his two younger brothers – who play at the University of Alabama and at the University of Alabama-Birmingham – will be tied up with their own football schedules, an older brother may be in attendance at the game with their mother, who also often travels to Minnesota to support Diggs.
"It's huge. I love playing around love," Diggs said. "My mom and all my family members, and so many people from back home are going to be around. It's going to be exciting. I look forward to just being in that atmosphere, going back home."