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Talley’s College HOF induction day

Posted by Chris Brown on July 21, 2012 – 9:10 am

Bills Wall of Famer Darryl Talley is going to see his college football career enshrined for all time later today (Saturday).

The former emotional leader of the famed Bills defenses of the early 90′s is part of the 2012 College Football Hall of Fame induction class for his exploits at West Virginia University. Several of his former teammates, including Bruce Smith who played against him in college, felt the honor was well deserved.

Among the other more notable members of the 2012 College Football Hall of Fame class going in with Talley are Eddie George (Ohio State), Marty Lyons (Alabama), Russell Maryland (Miami), Deion Sanders (Florida St.) and Will Shields (Nebraska).


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How Talley came to be ‘Big Chief’

Posted by Chris Brown on July 20, 2012 – 12:13 pm

Bills Wall of Famer Darryl Talley, who will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame this weekend for his exploits at West Virginia, had a path to football stardom that took a different turn or two before college and the NFL.

As written in an informative piece about Talley’s high school days in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the linebacker was barely recruited out of high school because he broke his ankle in the summer workouts before his senior season and played in just three games.

But when he did play he was a menace. And despite redshirting his freshman year with the Mountaineers, Talley went on to become a consensus All-American LB in 1982.


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Talley interested in coaching

Posted by Chris Brown on August 2, 2011 – 1:57 pm

Bills Wall of Famer Darryl Talley isn’t just here visiting the Bills at training camp. He’s interested in a career in coaching and asked head coach Chan Gailey if he could come up to camp and observe things for a week.

Coach Gailey obliged and Talley will be here this week to soak it all up and take it all in interacting with the coaching staff as well as some of the players. Talley said right after he retired there were opportunities for him to coach in the league, but with two very young daughters he wanted to raise his kids.

When his kids were older he felt he was ready to coach. Bill Polian tried to set up a meeting with Bill Walsh for Talley. Walsh at the time was prepping Mike Singletary for a coaching career. Not long after Walsh fell ill and eventually passed.

Now with both of his daughters out of high school he’s ready to “give back to the game he loves.”

When asked what he would bring to the table as a coach he said the following.

“I think I bring a different set of tools in my box,” he said. “For one I’ve been there and I’ve done that. Sometimes there are people that aren’t very good coaches, but I’ve proven that just by the standard I held my teammates to when I was here. The idea of what it means to be a pro. How to be a pro. You can have a lot of money and still not have an idea of what you’re supposed to be doing as far as responsibility to your parents and family and to your fans. Some people can run amok and some people don’t. There’s a fine line you have to walk and you have to make guys understand that.”


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Talley likes Buddy’s approach

Posted by Chris Brown on August 2, 2011 – 10:11 am

Bills Wall of Famer Darryl Talley was on hand at Bills training camp and was asked about the rebuilding job Buddy Nix has done this offseason.

“I think he went out and addressed what he thought were the team’s needs,” said Talley. “He addressed the defensive side of the ball because he thought he could have a pretty good offensive side of the ball. Its just a matter of bringing everybody together and putting them into a system in which they’re comfortable and know what they’re doing. Its about being comfortable with your guys. Drafting the right kind of character guys.”


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Bills Wall of Famer at camp

Posted by Chris Brown on August 2, 2011 – 9:22 am

Taking in today’s morning walk through at camp is a Bills Wall of Famer.

Darryl Talley is taking in practice at St. John Fisher.


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Talley on College HOF

Posted by Chris Brown on June 6, 2011 – 12:26 pm

Last month Bills Wall of Famer Darryl Talley was named to the College Football Hall of Fame. Before getting his round of golf underway at the Jim Kelly golf tournament in Batavia today, Talley reflected on the honor.

“Tremendous honor,” he said. “You think about all the kids that played college football and so to go in to the College Football Hall of Fame is truly an honor. What is 400 million people have played college football and I’m only the 12th player from my school to go in, it’s truly amazing. It’s a small group to be in and I’m just really, really proud of it.”

Talley won’t be formally inducted with his 2011 Hall of Fame classmates until July 2012.


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Talley gets HOF nod

Posted by Chris Brown on May 17, 2011 – 10:49 am

Bills Wall of Famer Darryl Talley will be adding another honor to his long and productive football career.

Talley was named one of the 14 players in the 2011 College Football Hall of Fame class. The former Bills linebacker played his college ball at West Virginia University where he earned consensus All-American honors as a senior.

“I think it’s a tremendous honor,” Talley said in an interview with the West Virginia sports information department. “To have that feather in your cap is really a wonderful, wonderful thing to have. Think about how many guys play college football. How many kids have come to West Virginia? To be honored is something really special.”

Talley becomes just the 12th Mountaineer elected to the College Football Hall of Fame. A four-year starter for the Mountaineers, Talley piled up 484 tackles, 19 sacks, five fumble recoveries and five interceptions.

Talley and the rest of the 2011 Divisional College Football Hall of Fame Class, which also includes two coaches, will be officially introduced at the National Football Foundation Awards Dinner on Dec. 6, 2011 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. He will be inducted and enshrined July 15-16 in the summer of 2012 in South Bend, Indiana.

Of the 4.79 million individuals who have played college football since Princeton first played Rutgers on November 6, 1869, only 882 players have earned induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. From the coaching ranks, 190 individuals have achieved Hall of Fame distinction. Congrats to Darryl.


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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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HOF semifinalists to be named Saturday

Posted by Chris Brown on November 26, 2009 – 9:00 am

The Pro Football Hall of Fame will be naming their 25 semifinalists for enshrinement as part of the 2010 Hall of Fame class, and you’ll be able to see the names revealed live.

For the first time ever, the announcement of the 25 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2010 will be televised on “Pro Football Hall of Fame: Road to Canton” show this Saturday at 1 PM ET on NFL Network with an encore at 9 PM ET.

Paul Burmeister hosts the 60-minute show and leads a panel discussion analyzing who made the final 25 and who didn’t.

Former Bills likely to be on the list include Steve Tasker, Andre Reed, Kent Hull and Darryl Talley.


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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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Friendly wagers on when Bruce cries

Posted by Chris Brown on August 8, 2009 – 9:52 pm

Bruce Smith’s former teammates have a friendly wager going on when the HOF’er will break down at the podium.

Andre Reed has the 3 minute mark, Darryl Talley has 2 and a half minutes.

“Blubbering counts,” said Talley.
“It won’t take long,” said Reed. “Once he looks out at everyone he’ll start to lose it.”


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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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