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.
Ernie Warlick, Bills. The tight end only played in four seasons in Buffalo, but they were good ones. Warlick won two championships with the Bills. Twice he averaged more than 20 yards per catch, amazing for a tight end. Warlick later became a popular sports broadcaster in Buffalo. Others: Scott Chandler, Bills; Keith McKeller, Bills; Brandon Francis, Bandits.
Paul Peck’s Digit Discussion: I personally got to know Ernie Warlick, and his heart was as big as his huge hands. He was a trailblazer, and for that I can’t argue with Budd’s choice. But Keith McKeller has a place in Bills history. Not all fans know that the famed “K-Gun” offense was actually named after McKeller, and not Jim Kelly. McKeller was an athletic, downfield tight end who balanced out the size and blocking ability of Pete Metzelaars. It was the Bills ability to keep two tight ends on the field to gain mismatches that led to the no-huddle, fast paced offense that tore up the NFL in the early 1990’s.
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