Inside The Bills

Dennis Thurman’s best football memory at Coliseum

Posted by Chris Brown on October 8, 2016 – 10:41 am

By now most know that the Bills have a host of players who are USC alumni (Nickell Robey-Coleman, Reggie Bush, Kevon Seymour, Robert Woods). There is also a contingent of Bills coaches who played and/or coaches at USC including defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman and secondary coach Tim McDonald.

Thurman was on the USC 1974 national championship team, but that game didn’t take place at the L.A. Coliseum. So his best memory was when he was a cornerback for the Dallas Cowboys in 1978.

“You know, I have a lot of memories. I played a lot of college football games there, coached a lot of college football games there,” said Thurman. “Played a few when I was with Dallas coming back home and probably the most memorable was going there and playing in the NFC championship game in 1978 and beating the Rams and going to the Super Bowl.”

The Cowboys however, would lose to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XIII 35-31.

Rams head coach is also a USC alum where he played safety alongside Ronnie Lott. Fisher played five seasons in the NFL under Rex and Rob Ryan’s father Buddy Ryan as a safety and returner for the Chicago Bears. He additionally coached under Ryan as a defensive backs coach with the Philadelphia Eagles.

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