All week, we’ve been highlighting different members of the Buffalo Bills who are not on the team’s Wall of Fame. We’ll give you snippets of the arguments today and have you pick who should be next.
It should be noted that we don’t believe the team is set to honor anyone this year. Only one person has been added in the last five years. Cookie Gilchrest was added in 2017 and is the only player to be put on the wall since 2011. Coach Lou Saban (2015), broadcaster Van Miller (2014), and general manager Bill Polian were the three previous recipients before Gilchrest.
I’ll put them in my order or preference to tip the scales.
Cornelius Bennett, LB
After being traded to the Bills in 1987 following a prolonged holdout with the Indianapolis Colts, Bennett made an instant impact. In his first full season in Buffalo, he made the first of five Pro Bowls and was named First-Team All-Pro by the Associated Press. Six interceptions and a touchdown return, 22 forced fumbles and 19 recovered fumbles with another TD return, 52.5 sacks, and 793 tackles in his 8.5 seasons in Buffalo are all stellar. (He played in another 17 playoff games, too.)
Bennett is a member of the Hall of Fame’s 1990s All-Decade Second Team behind a trio of Pro Football Hall of Famers. Keeping in mind that individual defensive stats weren’t really recorded before the early 1980s, Bennett is third in team history in tackles, fourth in sacks, first in defensive fumble recoveries, and second in forced fumbles. He was everywhere on this defense and was remarkably durable, missing only seven combined games in his final eight years in Buffalo.
Ruben Brown, OG
Eight consecutive Pro Bowls for Brown should prove his point, but from his second season all the way through age 31, Brown was a perennial Pro Bowler. Only three Bills have eight or more all-star games, and Bruce Smith (11 Pro Bowls) and Billy Shaw (eight-time AFL All-Star) are both in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in addition to being on the team’s Wall of Fame.
Three times with the Bills, he was named second-team All-Pro. He’s a member of the Bills’ 50th anniversary team and was honored as the team’s Walter Payton Man of the Year three times. (Every other offensive lineman of the 50th anniversary team is already on the Wall of Fame.) Nine seasons, 136 games plus four playoff games and no one ever took his spot.
Eric Moulds, WR
He is second all-time in franchise history for receptions, targets*, yards, and touchdowns. (Targets weren’t tracked until 1992 but it is safe to assume Andre Reed had more targets although the stat was established in the middle of his career). Moulds also has the top two single-season-yards records in franchise history, and three of the top five in total. He also holds the record as the only receiver in franchise history to ever catch 100 passes in a season.
Moulds’s tenure with the Bills was accented by his big plays. A player who was dangerous in all area of the fields, but specifically on a deep go-route brought excitement and possibility to every drive. The underappreciated characteristic of Moulds was that he was a consistent positive influence on the team. A three-time Pro Bowler who found chemistry and production with multiple different quarterbacks under six different offensive coordinators, four different head coaches, and playing alongside ten different starting QBs.
Fred Jackson, RB
Jackson started off the 2011 season with almost 1000 rushing yards in only ten games and as an early dark horse candidate for league MVP before a season-ending broken leg cut his season short.
Fred Jackson’s style, both on and off the field, was what has endeared him to fans the most. Often considered a “safe” jersey purchase for his high character and embodiment of the stereotypical blue-collar ethic, Jackson gave fans what they wanted in a leader of their team. He also could do almost anything that was asked of him on the field; blocking, screen plays, inside runs, outside runs, split out receiving, kick returning and even throwing touchdowns were all ways that Jackson contributed to the team during his tenure with the Bills. He finished his career with Buffalo third all-time in games played, attempts, and rushing yards.
Who should be the next Bills Wall of Famer?
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