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Hull, Reed, Tasker on HOF nominee list

Posted by Chris Brown on September 27, 2012 – 3:27 pm

Five Bills from the AFC title teams in the early 90′s are on the 2013 Pro Football HOF nominee list.

Cornelius Bennett, the late Kent Hull, Andre Reed, Steve Tasker and Darryl Talley are among the 127 nominees for the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame class. Former GM Bill Polian is also on the list.

A group of 25 semifinalists will be chosen from the nominee list in late November by the HOF Selection Committee. That semifinalist list will be further reduced by a mail ballot to 15 modern-era finalists and announced in early January. 

Tasker has been a semifinalist before. Reed meanwhile has been a finalist six times, but has not gained induction.

Other former Bills that are nominees include Sam Adams, Drew Bledsoe and Ted Washington.


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Friday’s John Murphy Show

Posted by johnmurphyshow on September 21, 2012 – 5:41 pm

Final tuneups before the Bills game in Cleveland this Sunday, and we’ll get you ready for the game with tonight’s edition of The John Murphy Show.

At 7:20pm, our color analyst on the Bills Radio Network, Mark Kelso, joins us in studio to preview the matchup.  Mark spends much of the week looking at game tape of both teams,  and he’s ready to start spilling out his brilliance on our airwaves.

We’ll try to hook up again with former Bills special teamer Steve Tasker tonight at 8pm.  He broadcast the Browns-Bengals game last Sunday and he’s got some thoughts on Cleveland’s strengths and weaknesses.

We get our weekly fantasy football fix with Sal Capaccio at 815pm.

And at 8:20, Browns play by play man Jim Donovan joins us live from Cleveland.

The John Murphy Show airs weeknights from 7-9pm on the flagship station of the Buffalo Bills, WGR Sports Radio 550.


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Wednesday night on the John Murphy Show

Posted by johnmurphyshow on September 19, 2012 – 6:03 pm

The Buffalo Bills lead the league in rushing after two weeks.  And it’s not just because of C.J. Spiller.  One of the key blockers for the Bills offense has been Tight End Lee Smith.  He’ll join us tonight at 7:20pm on The John Murphy Show to talk about his role in the Buffalo offense, and the season so far.

The Bills play the Browns in Cleveland Sunday, and the Browns are coming off a tough loss in Cincinnati.  At 8pm, former Bills great Steve Tasker will be live on the line with us.  He was the color analyst for the Browns-Bengals game last Sunday on CBS, and of course, he knows a lot about the Bills.

We’re going to leave lots of time for the fans tonight, with open phone lines at 7:45, 820, and 845pm.

The John Murphy Show airs weeknights from 7pm-9pm on the flagship station of the Bills, WGR Sports Radio 550.


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Tasker remembers Whitney’s anthem

Posted by Chris Brown on February 13, 2012 – 9:34 am

With the tragic passing of singer Whitney Houston over the weekend at age 48, a lot of Bills fans called from memory the singer’s stirring national anthem prior to Super Bowl XXV between the Bills and Giants.

Amidst the start of the Gulf War and everyone at the stadium in Tampa decked out in red, white and blue partly due to patriotism and partly due to the fact that both teams wore those colors, Houston’s anthem was in a word magnificent. Bills Wall of Famer Steve Tasker  told Peter Kind for his SI.com Monday Morning QB column what he remembered.

“She hit it out of the park,” he said. “I’m an anthem enthusiast. I like to listen to them and judge them, and there’s never been one like that. I remember looking around when it was over. I looked in the stands and saw fans waving their little American flags with one hand and wiping tears away with the other. I looked over and saw Jim Kelly and Marv [Levy] wiping away tears. And I’m standing right near one of the officials that day, Larry Nemmers — and he’s wiping his eyes. Amazing.”


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Metzelaars: I was worst kept secret

Posted by Chris Brown on February 7, 2012 – 1:45 pm

The Bills hiring of new tight ends coach Pete Metzelaars might’ve been one of the worst kept secrets. Though Metzelaars instructed his family to keep quiet until he signed his contract with the club Tuesday, some of the former teammates from the early 90′s had other ideas.

“(Steve) Tasker started the whole deal making it the worst kept secret in Buffalo,” Metzelaars told Buffalobills.com. “Steve ended up tweeting it and Jim (Kelly) picked it up and re-tweeted it.”

Metzelaars had specific instructions for his son after telling him he had accepted the position and was flying back home from Buffalo to Indianapolis.

“I told my son not to say anything to anybody,” said Metzelaars. “And by the time I got off the plane back home he tells me, ‘It’s all over the internet!’”


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Tasker has King’s HOF support

Posted by Chris Brown on November 28, 2011 – 10:48 am

Bills Wall of Famer Steve Tasker made the list of Pro Football HOF semifinalists for the 2012 induction class along with fellow Wall of Famer Andre Reed. SI.com’s Peter King supports Tasker’s candidacy, but just isn’t sure he’ll make the list of 15 finalists.

Here’s what King wrote about Tasker’s candidacy in his Monday Morning QB column.

Steve Tasker made it, which is good. I’ve said this before about him: His long-time special teams coach in Buffalo, Bruce DeHaven, once gave me a tape of 10 plays Tasker made on special teams that he figures won games for the Bills in their glory years. I back the man I consider the best special teams player ever, and I think he did enough to get in. But I’d be surprised if he made the final 15.

King unfortunately believes that there’s not enough support among the Hall of Fame voters to get him through to the list of 15 finalists. Reed however, should get there for yet another crack at enshrinement.


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Reed, Tasker among HOF semifinalists

Posted by Chris Brown on November 22, 2011 – 6:12 pm

Two Bills Wall of Famers have made the Pro Football Hall of Fame list of semifinalists for the Class of 2012.

All-time leading receiver Andre Reed and 7-time Pro Bowl special teamer Steve Tasker made the cut from the preliminary list as announced by the Hall Tuesday.

The list of 26 semifinalists will be reduced by mail ballot to 15 modern-era finalists.  That list increases to 17 finalist nominees with the inclusion of the two recommended candidates of the Hall of Fame’s Seniors Committee.  The Seniors Committee nominees, who were announced in August, are cornerback Jack Butler, Pittsburgh Steelers (1951-59) and guard Dick Stanfel, Detroit Lions (1952-55); Washington Redskins (1956-58). 

The results of the modern-era reduction vote to 15 finalists will be announced in early January, 2012. 


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Remembering Kent Hull

Posted by Chris Brown on October 18, 2011 – 10:29 pm

Tuesday was a difficult day for the Bills family with the passing of Wall of Famer Kent Hull. Wednesday morning some of his former teammates will be remembering him in their own words on the radio.

Mark Kelso will appear on Morning Bull at 7:45 am and will be followed by Wall of Famer Steve Tasker at 8:10. (listen online)

Steve Tasker will be on at 8:10 am.


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Bills on prelim HOF list

Posted by Chris Brown on September 28, 2011 – 1:31 pm

There are several former Bills on the 2012 Pro Football HOF preliminary nominee list. Here’s the rundown of names.

Cornelius Bennett
Drew Bledsoe
Larry Centers
Andre Reed
Fred Smerlas
Steve Tasker
Troy Vincent
Coach Chuck Knox

The complete list of nominees for the Class of 2012 consists of 103 candidates. From that list of nominees, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee will choose 25 candidates who will advance as semifinalist nominees. The list of 25 semifinalists will be announced in mid-November.

The list of 25 semifinalists will be further reduced by a mail ballot to 15 modern-era finalists and announced in early January. 

The final list of nominees that will be considered for election will consist of the 15 modern-era finalists and the two senior nominees, former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Jack Butler and former Detroit Lions guard Dick Stanfel, who were selected this last month by the Hall of Fame’s Senior Selection Committee.


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Tasker on Bills game Sun.

Posted by Chris Brown on September 27, 2011 – 12:57 pm

Bills Wall of Famer is part of the CBS broadcast team that will call Buffalo’s Week 4 game at Cincinnati.

Tasker will provide color commentary while Andrew Catalon will handle play-by-play. It’s Tasker’s first regular season Bills game this year. Kickoff is at 1 pm.


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Tasker gives uniforms thumbs up

Posted by Chris Brown on June 24, 2011 – 8:11 pm

Bills Wall of Famer Steve Tasker, who emceed the Bills uniform unveiling Friday night was in the same boat as his teammate, Hall of Famer Jim Kelly feeling a sense of nostalgia in seeing Buffalo’s 2011 uniforms.

“They’re a little bit of a modernized, tricked out version of what we had when I played,” he said. “When you put the helmet on top of it, it really jumps out. I love it. I think it looks great. From the top down to the black and white or the black and red shoes, the detail of the navy blue outlining the numbers on the jerseys and the charging buffalo and the back of the jersey and pants it’s really good. A lot of detail when into it and it looks great.”

Black shoes are kind of the underestimated final component of the entire look. Black shoes are old school football and though the Bills had gone to black shoes in recent years, they’ll stand out all the more with royal blue jerseys.


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Tasker on new uniforms

Posted by Chris Brown on June 3, 2011 – 8:30 am

Bills Wall of Famer Steve Tasker was on 97 Rock to talk about the new uniforms.

Tasker himself has not seen them, but he commented on the unveiling event lined up for June 24th and was also asked for his take on the NFL labor situation.

Remember complimentary tickets for the uniform unveiling are available beginning today (Friday) at M&T bank branches and Verizon Wireless stores in Erie County and online.


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Tasker on the radio

Posted by Chris Brown on May 16, 2011 – 11:13 pm

Bills Wall of Famer Steve Tasker will be appearing on the radio airwaves north of the border Tuesday morning.

Tasker will be on the FAN590 (590 AM) with Jim Lang and Greg Brady.


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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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Tasker, Gus Johnson get home opener

Posted by Chris Brown on August 25, 2010 – 3:42 pm

The Bills home opener on Sept. 12th will have a pair of familiar voices calling the game on CBS.

Bills Wall of Famer Steve Tasker will broadcast the game with play-by-play partner Gus Johnson when the Bills host the Dolphins. Here are the broadcast pairings for the Bills games in Week 2 and Week 3.

Buffalo @ Green Bay              Spero Dedes/Randy Cross

Buffalo @ New England          Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots


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Tasker to take the mound

Posted by Chris Brown on August 6, 2010 – 1:40 pm

Bills Wall of Famer Steve Tasker will be taking the mound tonight at the Bisons game in downtown Buffalo tonight.

Tasker will be throwing out the first pitch at tonight’s Bisons game and will be joined by the Buffalo Jills and Billy Buffalo at the game as they’ll be telling fans about the Bills Kid’s Day game on Aug. 28th when the Bills host Terrell Owens and the Cincinnati Bengals. 

Kids tix are just $15 with a Bills Bandz giveaway and postgame fireworks. Kickoff is at 6:30 pm.


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Moorman credits good coaching

Posted by Chris Brown on February 2, 2010 – 5:43 pm

Bills punter Brian Moorman, who was named to the league’s All-Decade Team made sure to credit his coaches for his success.

“That’s part of the reason why I was chosen,” said Moorman. “I had good coaching the last nine seasons in Danny (Smith) and Bobby (April).”

Now Moorman will make another transition to new special teams coach Bruce DeHaven.

“I’m looking forward to working with him,” Moorman said. “I’ve heard nothing but good things about him from Steve Christie, Chris Mohr and Steve Tasker.”

Every time a player has a new position coach there is a feeling out process, but having been through it before and being an established player Moorman is confident they’ll be able to get on the same page quickly.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve had to,” said Moorman of getting used to a new position coach after having Bobby April the past six seasons. “Normally whenever a coach inherits a veteran, they’re normally hands off when what you’ve been doing has been working. We’ll pick each other’s brain and find out what works for him and what works for me.”

DeHaven is in a good position to succeed quickly under Chan Gailey with a veteran kicker and punter as well as proven return talent and an up and coming long snapper.


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Tasker’s future HOF chances

Posted by Chris Brown on January 9, 2010 – 1:06 pm

Bills Wall of Famer Steve Tasker did not make the finalist list for the 2010 Pro Football HOF class. And according to SI.com’s Peter King it’s going to take a lot to gét him enshrined.

King was asked on his twitter account the following and provided a short response.

SI_PeterKing: RT @brian_benedict: What do we have to do to get Steve Tasker elected to the HoF? … Pray. Hard.

King is on the HOF voting committee so he know the lanscape of the room and voters affinity for or apathy about special teams players.

Truthfully I think former Oakland punter Ray Guy may have to get in first for Tasker to have a real chance, right or wrong. And Guy did not make the finalist list either this year.

I just fear some voters will never equate special teams performance on par with offense and defense.

What those voters need to know is Tasker was a player that proved the doubters wrong and showed that special teams can not only change games, but win them.


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Tasker, Reed have HOF hurdles

Posted by Chris Brown on November 29, 2009 – 11:20 am

With Steve Tasker and Andre Reed once again making the list of Hall of Fame semifinalists, Bills fans are naturally hopeful that another August day in Canton will belong to them. But both of them have some other prominent names at their respective positions or phase of the game that could make enshrinement for them all the more difficult this year.

Reed, who has been a finalist three times already, may not get that far this year. Bad enough he had Cris Carter as a fellow finalist last year. Neither of them were voted for enshrinement.

Carter and Reed are again on the semifinalist list and joining them are Tim Brown and Jerry Rice. Rice is a lock for enshrinement. With a healthy contingent of HOF voters reluctant to parade receivers into the Hall every year, Rice is likely to be the only player at that position to go in.

The presence of Shannon Sharpe as one of the most prolific receiving tight ends on the list doesn’t help matters either.

For Tasker, his main obstacle is Ray Guy. There are many that believe if a special teamer is going to be enshrined, that the first should be Ray Guy. Guy is on the semifinalist list. If a special teamer goes in, Guy is expected to get the nod over Tasker. The only positive for Tasker if that happens is that special teamers will finally be viewed as Hall of Fame worthy.

The list of Hall of Fame finalists will be announced on Jan. 7.


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