In terms of real-life impact, the death of Bob Kalsu in Vietnam was certainly more tragic than any other event on the list of worst moments in Buffalo Bills history. On the field, it was a big blow, too.
Kalsu was voted the Bills' offensive rookie of the year in 1968 after being the team's eighth round pick. He was selected to eventually replace Hall of Fame guard Billy Shaw, but instead started on the other side for nine games, beating out an entire roster of offensive rookies at quarterback, running back, fullback, and both receiver positions for the honor. It was his only season in the AFL.
Following the season, he answered the call up to the United States Army. He was killed in a mortar attack on a hill in Vietnam in 1970. We've extensively covered his story here at Buffalo Rumblings, and you can read more on that topic if you would like.
The Bills were bad enough in 1969 to get the first overall selection in the draft, and added O.J. Simpson in 1970. It would have been fun to watch Kalsu block for O.J. He had the work ethic and potential to be a star lineman for the team, especially with Simpson.
|Best Moments in Bills History||#||Worst Moments in Bills History|
|1966 AFL All-Star Game||25||Thurman Thomas in teal and orange|
|"We want Scott"||24||The Pats losing streak|
|Miami turns down Ralph Wilson||23||"Just give it to 'em"|
|Jim Kelly's last-second plunge||22||The "Bickering Bills"|
|Roland Hooks' Hail Mary catch||21||Tom Cousineau chooses the CFL|
|Joe Ferguson guts it out||20||Rob Johnson vs. Doug Flutie|
|20 points in 77 seconds||19||1966 AFL Championship|
|Jerry Butler jets past NY||18||Drafting Mike Williams|
|Cookie Gilchrist grounds the Jets||17||Jim Kelly's concussion curtain call|
|NFL playoff win No. 1||16||Thurman Thomas' missing helmet|
|15||Kalsu killed in Vietnam|