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.  Here’s the latest edition, breaking down 79 to 70.


 Tom Sestak, Bills. He was a 17th-round pick by the Bills out of McNeese State, and found a home as a defensive tackle right away. Tom quickly became one of the most dominating defenders in the game. His career was cut short by a knee injury, and that’s why he’s not in the Hall of Fame: Others: Eric Wood, Bills; Joe Devlin, Bills; John Fina, Bills.

Bob Gaughan’s Numerology: This is the right call. This might be the best group of any number.  Fina, Devlin and Wood were all solid players for the Bills.  The Bills have had a nice player wear this number for most of their career. Every Bills fan should know 17th round out of McNeese State. Sestak was part of the All AFL team and as Budd says is a borderline Hall of Fame candidate.

Missed any of the previous numbers from 99 to 71?  Visit the Buffalo Sports By The Numbers section on the home page.

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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