By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist
66. Larry Centers – Signed by the Bills in 2001
Larry Centers has a unique spot in pro football history. He’s one of the few running backs who is known more for his receiving than his running.
The Cardinals took Centers in the fifth round of the 1990 draft, and it took him a couple of years to find his niche. He caught 50 passes in 1992, and that number went up until it reached 101 in 1995. Centers stayed in Arizona through 1999, when he jumped to Washington. There he caught a total of 150 passes over two years.
The Bills thought the 33-year-old could help their passing game as a free agent. He was already the NFL’s all-time leader in receptions by a running back, and he padded his total in Buffalo. Centers caught 80 more passes in 2001 and was picked for the Pro Bowl. He had 43 more catches in 2002. Centers was let go by the Bills at that point, and he spent the last season of his career with New England.
Here he is in action:
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