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C.J.’s numbers still ground breaking

Posted by Chris Brown on November 16, 2012 – 8:36 am

C.J. Spiller had 130 total yards from scrimmage Thursday night in Buffalo’s victory, good for better than 46 percent of the team’s offensive output in the win over Miami. But it’s his per carry average that is headed for the team record books.

Spiller has averaged a club-record 5.40 yads per carry in his career (290-1,567) (min. 200 att.). The second highest
average was posted by Hall of Famer O.J. Simpson (4.80 – 2,123-10,183). Fred Jackson hold the number three spot (4.58 – 892-4,092)

Averaging 6.63 yds. per attempt thus far in 2012 (109-723) would also be a new club single-season record. The current mark is held by Simpson in 1973 (6.03 – 332-2,003)

That 6.63 avg. through 10 games is also the fourth highest in the NFL since 1960 among players with at least 100 att. through 10 games. The others with 6.50 or better: Miami RB Mercury Morris in 1973 (7.18, 117-840) & Cleveland RB and Hall of Famer Jim Brown in 1963 (7.09, 204-1,447), and Chicago QB Bobby Douglass in 1972 (6.89, 102-703).

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Neiman painted Bills game

Posted by Chris Brown on June 21, 2012 – 11:52 am

Famed American artist LeRoy Neiman passed away Wednesday evening at age 91. A popular painter of sports action scenes (including 5 Olympiads and countless Super Bowls), Bills owner Ralph Wilson commissioned Neiman to paint one of the first Bills home games the year Ralph Wilson Stadium opened in 1973.

The painting was of the Oct. 29, 1973 home game for the Bills against the Chiefs. O.J. Simpson is depicted in the piece as the ball carrier (see below). Also making an appearance in the painting is Mr. Wilson himself along the far sideline on the left side of the piece (see 2nd photo). The Bills won the game 23-14.







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Jackson 2nd only to Simpson

Posted by Chris Brown on October 30, 2011 – 11:04 pm

Fred Jackson has quickly climbed the ladder of best total yards from scrimmage seasons in Bills history this season. Heading into Sunday’s game against Washington he sat 8th all time among Bills all-time scrimmage yard leaders. Following his 194-yard effort he vaulted himself into second.

In games 1-7 in any Bills season, O.J. Simpson is still the leader with 1,106 yards from scrimage in 1975. But Fred Jackson has bested Simpson’s start to his 1973 season when he compiled 1,073 yards in the first seven games.

Jackson has 1,074 yards from scrimmage in his first seven games this season putting him in between Simpson’s two most productive years in a Bills uniform. Thurman Thomas’ MVP season of 1991 (1,032 yards) now stands fourth.

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Fred in elite company

Posted by Chris Brown on October 30, 2011 – 10:59 pm

Fred Jackson became just the second player in team history to post some pretty remarkable production, and the first is a Hall of Famer.

With 120 rushing yards against Washington, Jackson became just the second player in team history to tally 700 rushing yards or more through the first seven games of a season. Jackson has 721 rushing yards after Sunday’s effort.

Only O.J. Simpson racked up more yardage in the first seven games of a season rolling up 1,005 in 1975 and 1,025 in 1973.

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Players’ original numbers

Posted by Chris Brown on June 17, 2011 – 8:32 am

As we cover the Untouchable Bills numbers on the home page of today, we thought we’d also take a look at some of the jersey numbers that some notable Bills wore prior to getting the number by which they’re most recognized.

We’ll start big with the team’s first Hall of Famer, O.J. Simpson, who wore another number prior to 32.

“O.J. was 33 initially,” said Bills equipment manager Dave Hojnowski. “I think he may have also worn 36 as well for a brief time. He almost got a completely different number because the head coach John Rauch wanted to make him a wide receiver instead of a running back.”

James Lofton, who joined the Bills in 1989 was another interesting case. He had worn 80 his entire career, but that wasn’t the case when he first arrived in Buffalo.

“He was 86 at first,” Hojnowski said. “He eventually got 80 from Flip Johnson.”

Bills all-time leading receiver Andre Reed was issued a horrible number for a wide receiver when he first reported to One Bills Drive.

“Andre was 46,” said Hojnowski. “When he first came in that’s what he got. He was a fourth-round pick and it was one of those minicamp numbers.”

Here is a rundown of some other Bills who wore another number prior to the one they are most identified with.

Cornelius Bennett was 97 before going to 55
Ryan Denney was 90 before becoming 92
Lee Evans was briefly 84 but got 83 eventually
Jabari Greer was 37 before he went to 33
Tony Hunter was 49 before he was 87
Harry Jacobs was 56 and 54 before becoming 64
Sammy Morris was 45, then 33 and finally 31
Jamie Mueller was 39 before going to 41
Mark Pike was 57 and then 94
Jay Riemersma was 49 before he was 85
Aaron Schobel was initially 95 before getting 94
John Tracey was 85 before taking 51
David White was 50 before becoming 51
Shaud Williams was 36 before going to 40
George Wilson was 15 and now is 37
Wil Wolford was 69 before going to 73
Kenyatta Wright was 57 before taking 98

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2 Bills HOF’ers on top 100

Posted by Chris Brown on October 14, 2010 – 9:35 am

There will be a pair of Bills Hall of Famers that will appear on tonight’s (Thursday) latest NFL Network episode of The Top 100: NFL’s Greatest Players.

O.J. Simpson and Bruce Smith will both rank somewhere between 40-31 on episode #7, which debuts tonight (Thurs., Oct. 14) at 9:00 PM ET  on NFL Network.

Notable figures from the world of sports and entertainment serve as “presenters” for each featured player.

O.J. Simpson will be presented by Chuck Klosterman and Bruce Smith will be presented by MSNBC’s Luke Russert.

The 10-part series counts down the 100 greatest players in NFL history, as ranked by a Blue Ribbon Panel of football experts that includes current and former GMs, former players, coaches, historians and Hall of Fame voters.

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NFL wants best picks of all time

Posted by Chris Brown on April 2, 2010 – 9:00 am

In celebration of the 75th NFL Draft, which kicks off in primetime for the first time on Thurs. April 22, fans now can help choose the 75 Most Valuable Draft Picks of all time. You can vote for your choices at now through April 18. 

The 10 Most Valuable Draft Picks will be announced during Round 1, when many of the Top 10 will be in attendance at Radio City Music Hall, the home of the 2010 NFL Draft. The order of the Top 10 will be revealed after the conclusion of the Second Round of the Draft on Friday night.  Many of these players will be on hand for the announcement. editors narrowed down the first 74 Drafts to a list of the top 320 players, consisting of 10 players from each team.  Fans begin the process of determining the Most Valuable Draft Pick by choosing between pairs of players randomly generated from the list of 320 greats.  After selecting winners of 30 random matchups, fans will begin to build their own Top 10 list.  Fans may continue to vote in order to make changes to their personal Top 10 list as well as the All-Time Top 10 announced at the Draft. Users then may share their lists and their head-to-head winners on Facebook. delivers comprehensive information on each of the 320 players, including the player’s draft information and career accomplishments to help the voters make educated selections in determining the Most Valuable Pick.

Below is the list of Bills nominees.
Gary Anderson – never played for the Bills, but was a late round draft pick that went on to be one of the league’s all-time scorers.
Ruben Brown – 8 Pro Bowls
Joe DeLamielleure – Hall of Famer
Jim Kelly – Hall of Famer
Reggie McKenzie – Well known member of the Electric Company
Andre Reed – Bills Wall of Famer, 4 time HOF finalist
O.J. Simpson – Hall of Famer
Fred Smerlas – Bills Wall of Famer
Bruce Smith – Hall of Famer
Thurman Thomas – Hall of Famer

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San Fran writer needs to be straightened out

Posted by Chris Brown on March 11, 2009 – 2:43 pm

Ladies and gentlemen of Bills Nation, I have a humble request if you hold your native hometown and its football franchise sacred. Many times Buffalo, and the Bills for that matter, have been denigrated by an assortment of sports writers over the years. It’s often an easy and convenient way for lazy journalists to fill space in their columns. And S.F. Chronicle writer Bruce Jenkins may be the most misinformed of them all.

In a T.O. signing spin-off column he proceeds to insult not only the city of Buffalo, but the history of the Bills franchise, claiming O.J. and T.O. are the only flamboyant stars in the team’s history. Sure he lists some names from Bills history in passing, but he dismisses Thurman Thomas and completely forgets Bruce Smith. Yup, Smith was not even mentioned.

You know, Bruce Smith, the league’s all-time sack leader, the guy that’s going into the Hall of Fame this summer?

Jenkins also dismisses Buffalo’s history. While the Bills can’t claim the Super Bowl titles of the 49ers in the 80’s, the Bills certainly have a prouder history from the early days.

From 1950-1980 the 49ers have only 3 division titles and four playoff appearances. Over that same span minus 10 years (Bills first AFL season was 1960) Buffalo had 3 division titles, 6 playoff appearances and a pair of AFL championships.

So please, please send this Jenkins character an email ( and set him straight. Tell him the 49ers history wasn’t worth much prior to Bill Walsh, isn’t any better than the Bills history in this decade right now and that he may want to look at the list for Canton this summer and realize O.J. and T.O. aren’t the only flamboyant stars in Bills franchise history.

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