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“Biscuit”-maybe Buffalo’s Best all time LB?

Posted by johnmurphyshow on May 23, 2013 – 9:02 pm

When he announced his retirement this week, Chicago Bears LB Brian Urlacher named Ray Lewis of the Ravens as the best middle LB in NFL history. But what about Buffalo Bills history?

Last year, an informal fan poll on BuffaloBills.com ranked Cornelius Bennett as the Bills all time LB. It was an unscientific, informal poll with 168 respondents on the website. And 43-percent of those responding ranked “Biscuit” Buffalo’s all time backer.

:I’ll go with the fans,” Bennett said Thursday night, in an appearance on The John Murphy Show. “They welcomed me with open arms, they trusted me, I’ll have to trust them again.”

Bennett finished ahead of former teammate Darryl Talley in the fan balloting for the team’s best LB of all time. But “Biscuit” acknowledges that Talley and another Bills LB teammate of his, Shane Conlan, deserve recognition as top linebackers in franchise history.

“We did have a good group of guys, with Shane and Darryl,” he said. “There’s no better group of guys I enjoyed playing with anywhere. The other teams I played with, guys don’t even come close.”

Host John Murphy asked Bennett if he feels the talented Buffalo defense of the Super Bowl era was overshadowed by the highly publicized, fast-paced “K-Gun Offense.”

“No doubt about it,” he answered. “That was fine with us, though. We went out and did our job, got the ball back to the offense so we could sit on the sidelines and watch that K-Gun go to work. Sometimes it was too perfect for us. We sometimes had to ask those guys to slow it down a little bit so could get a little breather.”

The entire interview with former Bills LB Cornelius Bennett is available here


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Biscuit on Dareus

Posted by Chris Brown on June 7, 2011 – 1:26 pm

I had the chance to speak with Cornelius Bennett at the Jim Kelly Celebrity Golf Tournament Monday and made sure to ask the former Bills pass rusher about a fellow Alabama product in Bills top pick Marcell Dareus.

“He’s an Alabama guy so there’s nothing else to say,” said Bennett. “Have you ever seen a guy come from the University of Alabama that was a disappointment? He’s going to do a tremendous job. I was with him at the draft when he got drafted and I told him he’s going to have an excellent experience in life coming to Buffalo, New York. He’s going to be a great asset to the city.”

Bennett was the second overall pick in the 1987 NFL draft taken by the Colts before the Halloween day trade that allowed the Bills to acquire him. ‘Biscuit’ as his teammates called him, would go on to appear in five Pro Bowls including four straight (1990-93) as a part of the Bills four straight AFC Championship clubs.

Dareus was the third overall pick. Only one other Alabama player has been taken that high since Bennett went second overall in 1987. It was OT Chris Samuels, who also was taken third overall by Washington in the 2000 NFL draft.


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Live chat with Biscuit

Posted by Chris Brown on September 30, 2010 – 7:37 am

Former Bills LB Cornelius Bennett will be hosting a live chat later this morning (Thursday).

The chat will begin at 11 am ET and can be found right here. Have your questions ready.


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HOF support for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on September 24, 2010 – 9:15 am

The early support for former Bills on the list of preliminary nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame has been pretty good. Here’s your way to provide more backing for potential Hall of Famers like Andre Reed, Cornelius Bennett, Kent Hull, Darryl Talley and Steve Tasker.

Just go to the Fan’s Choice site where you can vote for who you believe belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2011. You can vote for up to five nominees, so all of the guys above can get your vote. And there’s something in it for you as there are prizes and a chance to win a sweepstakes contest as well just by voting.

So far Bills fans have done well to support the former Bills. Here’s the breakdown of the current leaderboard for fan voting for all Pro Football HOF nominees.

1. Darryl Talley
2. Steve Tasker
3. Andre Reed
4. Cornelius Bennett
5. Kent Hull

So keep up the good work and keep supporting your former Bills and you’ll have a chance to win some pretty cool prizes.


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Several Bills on prelim HOF list

Posted by Chris Brown on September 13, 2010 – 8:22 am

A number of former Bills players are on the preliminary Pro Football Hall of Fame nominee list for the class of 2011.

Here is the rundown of former players among the 113 that were nominated.

Cornelius Bennett
Kent Hull
Andre Reed
Darryl Talley
Steve Tasker

Former head coach Chuck Knox is also on the list.

The Hall of Fame selectors will choose 25 candidates who will advance as semifinalist nominees. The list of 25 modern-era semifinalists will be announced in mid-November. Reed was the only nominee from this list to make the finalist list in 2010.


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Former Bill reps retired players

Posted by Chris Brown on July 15, 2010 – 12:02 pm

Former Bills LB Cornelius Bennett has taken on an important role on behalf of retired NFL players.

Named Chairman of the NFLPA’s former player board of directors, Bennett has been sitting in on all of the CBA meetings between the league and the players union.

He doesn’t have a vote, but he does have a voice in the meetings, which he plans to use in helping to ensure that former players are properly compensated with respect to health insurance benefits.

“The one thing that’s certain is that former players’ benefits have to be improved, both pension and health care,” Bennett said in a telephone interview this week. “That’s my No. 1 fight — to make sure we get something out of the deal, and not just a token.

“I feel we deserve something because of our legacy,” Bennett told the Alabama Press-Register. “We’ve helped make this an $8 billion industry and growing.”

Bennett believes those former players that need the most help are those that played prior to the breakthrough CBA agreement in 1993 that brought the advent of free agency where players really started to make big money.


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Fan can now lobby for HOF candidates

Posted by Chris Brown on September 20, 2009 – 5:51 pm

For the first time, the Pro Football Hall of Fame is asking fans to voice their choice for who they think should be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2010 with a dedicated fan forum.

At the Fans Choice Forum you can argue for the candidacy of Bills Wall of Famer Steve Tasker or three-time finalist Andre Reed. Kent Hull, Cornelius Bennett, Darryl Talley, Fred Smerlas, Chris Spielman and former head coach Chuck Knox current join Reed and Tasker on the Hall’s preliminary 2010 induction list.

The Hall wants to know what fans are thinking and it’s time for fans to speak up and be heard by casting their ballot! Almost 10,000 fans have already cast their ballot in the first 24 hours! 

Andre Reed is currently ranked #9 while Tasker is at #17, so get behind your guy and vote!

Top 10 fan’s choice as of this morning:
1. Jerry Rice
2. Emmitt Smith
3. Cris Carter
4. Shannon Sharpe
5. Charles Haley
6. Ray Guy
7. Richard Dent
8. Tim Brown
9. Andre Reed
10. Phil Simms


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Several 90′s Bills, Ralph Wilson on prelim HOF list for 2009

Posted by Chris Brown on October 28, 2008 – 8:59 pm

Bills recent Wall of Fame inductee Bruce Smith, Kent Hull, Andre Reed, Darryl Talley, Cornelius Bennett and Steve Tasker make up the list of AFC Champion 90′s Bills that are are on the preliminary list of modern-era nominees for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2009. 

Also on the list is Bills founder and owner Ralph Wilson as a contributor nominee.

Other former Bills players on the list are Fred Smerlas and those who spent parts of their career with the Bills like Larry Centers and Chris Spielman.

Former Bills head coach Chuck Knox is also a preliminary nominee.

Bruce Smith is a shoe-in as a first ballot nominee being the league’s all time leader in sacks and a four-time AFC Champion and a countless number of Pro Bowls and All-Pro teams. Reed made the list of finalists last year. We’ll see if he can make it in this time. Tasker will get consideration too.

Mr. Wilson stands a good chance I believe as more of the committee I understand is coming around to understand the magnitude of his contributions to the game.

From this preliminary list of modern-era nominees, Hall of Fame selectors will choose 25 candidates who will advance as semifinalist nominees.  The list of 25 modern-era semifinalists will be announced later next month. The 25 modern-era semifinalists list will be reduced by a mail ballot to 15 modern-era finalists. 

The final list of nominees that will be considered for election will consist of the 15 modern-era finalists and the two previously announced senior nominees, Bob Hayes and Claude Humphrey.  Hayes and Humphrey were selected this past August by the Hall of Fame’s Senior Selection Committee. 

The Class of 2009 will be selected from the list of 17 finalists (15 modern-era and two senior nominees).  The actual voting will be conducted at the Hall of Fame Selection Committee’s annual meeting, which will be held on Saturday, January 31, 2009, in Tampa, Florida the day before Super Bowl XLIII.  The election results will be announced immediately after the meeting at a press conference in the media headquarters.  While there is no set number for any class of enshrinees, the ground rules provide that between four and seven new members will be selected. 

The preliminary list includes 110 players, seven coaches and 16 contributors, including former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and longtime team owners Bud Adams, Jerry Jones, Art Modell and Ralph Wilson.


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