Sunday, February 2, 2014

Andre Reed HOF

And it won't matter now
Whatever happens to me
Though the air speaks of all we'll never be
It won't trouble me
--Toad the Wet Sprocket

Former Buffalo Bills great Andre Reed was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame this week. The wide receiver was finally elected after nine years of eligibility and eight years as a finalist in the voting.

Reed's numbers speak for themselves. Eleventh all-time in career receptions (951), 13th in receiving yardage (13,198), 13 seasons (including 9 consecutive) with 50 or more catches, seven straight Pro Bowls (1989-95).

The Buffalo Bills were one of the best teams of the era. They went to four straight Super Bowls (1990, 91, 92, 93) although they lost them all.

I admired Reed and his team because they never gave up. Their comeback playoff win against the Houston Oilers in 1993 was one of the most memorable highlights of that sports era for me.

Heartfelt congrats to AR on this Super Bowl Sunday.

1 comment:

dgeorge12358 said...

Lamar Hunt, owner of the AFL's Kansas City Chiefs, first used the term "Super Bowl" to refer to this game in the merger meetings. Hunt would later say the name was likely in his head because his children had been playing with a Super Ball toy. In a July 25, 1966, letter to NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle, Hunt wrote, "I have kiddingly called it the 'Super Bowl,' which obviously can be improved upon." Although the leagues' owners decided on the name "AFL-NFL Championship Game," the media immediately picked up on Hunt's "Super Bowl" name, which would become official beginning with the third annual game.