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.
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London Fletcher, Bills. This was one of the best free-agent signings in Buffalo’s history. Fletcher joined the Bills from the Rams, and he led the NFL in tackles in his first season (2002). London stayed five years before going to Washington. Others: Sam Rogers, Bills; Shane Nelson, Bills; Paul Guidry, Bills.
Paul Peck’s Digit Discussion: I’m OK with Budd’s selection of London Fletcher. But I always thought that was a bit overrated due to the amount of tackles he made. To me, a lot of those tackles were 4-5 yards downfield. To me, that’s not making an impact. It’s just making the stat sheet look good. Sam Rogers was an unsung, but valuable member of the great Bills defensive units in the late 1990’s. He did the dirty work of coverage and setting the edge, while Bruce Smith, Bryce Paup & Phil Hansen rushed the passer and Sam Cowart & Chris Spielman racked up the tackles.
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