By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist
Bill Brooks – Signed by the Bills in 1993
The Bills were in the midst of their Super Bowl run in the early 1990s when James Lofton’s time with the team came to an end. Buffalo needed a reliable wide receiver to replace him in the team’s explosive offensive. They turned to a free agent for help.
Billy Brooks had been a fourth-round pick out of Boston University by the Indianapolis Colts in 1986. He had the best year of his career as a rookie, catching 65 passes for 1,173 yards. Brooks kept it up through 1992, but he was a little sick of losing. Free agency became an escape hatch for him.
Brooks played three seasons with the Bills, helping out the Super Bowl team of 1993. In 1995 he caught 11 touchdown passes to easily lead the team (no one else had more than three). Brooks moved on to Washington, and retired after spending 1996 as a reserve there.
Here’s one of Bill’s biggest catches:
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