by Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist
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.
Jeff Wright, Bills. The nose tackle had a short career but a significant one. He arrived in 1988 as an eighth-round draft pick from Central Missouri State, and left in 1994. In between, Wright played in four Super Bowls and had 31.5 sacks. After retirement, he went into the cattle business. Others: Manny Lawson, Bills; Ken “Baby” Johnson, Bills.
Paul Peck’s Digit Discussion: Jeff Wright is responsible for one of the biggest plays in Bills history. In the 1991 AFC Championship Game vs. Denver, as the Bills were trying to get to their second straight Super Bowl, it was tied 0-0 into the third quarter. That’s when John Elway dropped back to throw a screen. Wright read the play, tipped the ball, and it ended up in the arms of Carlton Bailey for a touchdown. You can see the play at the 19:40 mark. It was the only Buffalo touchdown in the game that sent the Bills to Minneapolis for Super Bowl XXVI. Wright was an undersized nose tackle who used his speed and quickness to be effective. He’s the right choice for #91.
#92 Dhane Smith
#93: Pat Williams
#94: Aaron Schobel
#95: Kyle Williams
#96: Leon Seals
#97: Cornelius Bennett
#98: Ron Edwards
#99: Marcell Dareus
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