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Fergie helped by helmet change?

Posted by Chris Brown on June 23, 2011 – 7:52 am

With the story completely true that the Bills’ helmet change from white to red in 1984 was made primarily to help quarterback Joe Ferguson better distinguish his receivers due to color blindness, some still wonder after the 2-14 campaign that year if it made a big difference.

The stats would seem to indicate so as Ferguson’s INT total decreased from 25 in 1983 to 17 in 1984. But some that remember that season wonder how much it helped.

“I don’t know if it did Fergie any good, but it was something to talk about,” said Bills long time beat reporter for the Courier-Express and Buffalo News Larry Felser. “They obviously felt it was worth it.”

Some that covered that era of Bills football however, sympathize with Ferguson’s situation with the talent he had around him at the time.

“I think Joe Ferguson with any other team could’ve won some Super Bowls with a lot of the other clubs as far as I’m concerned,” said Bills long time radio voice Van Miller. “He had a great arm and used to be criticized for hanging his head when he came off the field, but he was truly a great passer. A great guy and the players loved him.”

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