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.
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Tom Day, Bills. “Tippy” spent seven years as a Bill, and was an excellent defensive end during that time in the 1960s. He also was something of the center of the locker room, quick with a joke and a laugh. Day wore #88 for three seasons – winning two AFL crowns in that uniform. Others: Pete Metzelaars, Bills; Reuben Gant, Bills.
Paul Peck’s Digit Discussion: His teammates on those Bills AFL Championship teams rave about how Tom Day was such a dominant player on the defensive line of a great overall defensive unit. So there’s nothing wrong with Budd’s choice. But for me, the choice at #88 is Metzelaars. The Bills alltime leader in tight end catches, yards and touchdowns was the exact right player to compliment all of Jim Kelly’s weapons. Plus, he was a great blocker for Thurman Thomas. Day was great, but Metzelaars is the greatest tight end in the team’s history.
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