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. The 89 to 80 podcast is up now.
Fred Smerlas, Bills. The defensive tackle’s selection in 1979 showed the Bills were serious about improving their defense, and he worked out perfectly. The Boston College graduate made five Pro Bowls, filling up plenty of space in the middle of the line along the way. Others: Andrew Peters, Sabres; Wayne Primeau, Sabres; John Miller, Bills.
Missed any of the previous numbers from 99 to 77? Visit the Buffalo Sports By The Numbers section on the home page.
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