by Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page

We are counting from 99 to 0 to determine who’s the best Buffalo athlete to wear each number.  It’s Buffalo Sports By The Numbers here on Buffalo Sports Page.

We’ll have a new number and athlete every day this summer.  Each story also includes reaction from the Buffalo Sports Page staff, and a way to catch up on numbers you’ve missed.

After every 10 numbers, a Sylvester & Peck On Sports podcast will feature Budd Bailey and the guys reacting to the selection.


Kent Hull, Bills. He was one of the most beloved members of the Buffalo teams that reached four straight Super Bowls. Hull was signed after a stint with the New Jersey Generals in the USFL, and then played 11 years – starting all but one game. He retired after the 1996 season. Others: Reggie McKenzie, Bills; Joe O’Donnell, Bills.

Paul Peck’s Digit Discussion:  No argument here from me. Hull was one my favorite players to deal with and interview.  While all the stars on those 1990’s Bills grabbed the spotlight, Mississippi Kent was happy to sit back with a wad of chewing tobacco and tell you what really happened.  He was the perfect compliment to the speed and sizzle of the K-Gun offense.  Reggie McKenzie was that same player for the 1970’s Electric Company, and would be the clear choice if not for Hull.

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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has been involved in almost every aspect of the local sports scene for the last 40 years. He worked for WEBR Radio, the Buffalo Sabres' public relations department and The Buffalo News during that time. In that time he covered virtually every aspect of the area's sports world, from high schools to the Bills and Sabres and everything in between. Along the way, Budd served as a play-by-play announcer for the Bisons, an analyst for the Stallions, and a talk-show host. He won the National Lacrosse League's Tom Borrelli Award as the media personality of the year in 2011, and was a finalist for that same award in 2017. Budd's seventh and eighth books, one on the Transcontinental Railroad and the other about Ichiro Suzuki, are scheduled to be released in the fall.

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