Thomas Calls Selection His Gift To Fans: Thurman Thomas stepped to the podium shortly after the announcement that he's been selected to the Hall of Fame. He was speechless at first but called it a beautiful day for his wife, kids, Buffalo Bills organization, and the fans. He called this his gift to the fans of the Bills. He said it would not have been possible without the fans and thanked his teammates especially Jim Kelly, Bruce Smith, Steve Tasker, Darryl Talley, and Andre Reed. Kelly and Smith called him five times since his selection. He is very happy to be among the NFL greats and said he wouldn't be there without his family. Thomas said it was disappointing that Andre Reed isn't going in with him but Reed told him earlier in the week he will be there for him. He called Reed "a hall of famer in his book". He said his biggest accomplishment was playing 13 years for a good a football team.
Reed Not Among Final 11: The selection committee narrowed the final field of 17 to 11 before picking the six members of the hall of fame that included Thurman Thomas. Reed did not make it to the final cutdown of 11 which is not surprising. Wide Receivers usually have to wait a few years to get in and Reed making it as a finalist in his first time on the ballot means a lot. Michael Irvin made it to the hall in his third shot at it. Art Monk was another finalist and he's still waiting to get in.
Thomas Gets Into Hall: Thurman Thomas is a member of the Class of 2007. He was elected to the Hall of Fame today in his second attempt at it. Andre Reed did not make it in his first chance at induction. Thomas joins Jim Kelly, Marv Levy, and James Lofton as Super Bowl era Bills in the Hall of Fame. He will be inducted in a ceremony on August 4th and will include Michael Irvin, Charlie Sanders, Roger Wehrli, Bruce Matthews and Gene Hickerson.
Thomas, Reed Look For Hall Call: Today is the day that two former Bills will find out if they get into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Thurman Thomas and Andre Reed are among the finalists for the class of 2007. Thomas is considered a near lock to get in while Reed may have to wait. Thomas is the lone running back in what is being considered a weak class of 17 finalists that also include Michael Irvin, Paul Tagliabue, and Bruce Matthews. The final selections take place at 2:30pm today. Marv Levy, Jim Kelly, and Darryl Talley are among the people in Miami hoping to celebrate another member of the famed Super Bowl teams election into the Hall of Fame.
Friday February 2, 2007
Scoreboard Gets OK: A new state of the art high definition scoreboard to replace the aging jumbotron got final approval from Erie County yesterday. The county voted 13-0 to borrow the $2.75 million it needs for the project. The new scoreboard will be the best in the league and is twice the size of the existing one. A third of the screen will be used for statistics and player profiles. The team will also get a brand new ribbon board. The project's total cost is $5.2 Million and comes from two years worth of improvement money the county is obligated to give the Bills under the lease agreement. The rest of the money was set aside last year.
Wednesday January 31, 2007
Fletcher Snubbed A Third Time: It's bad enough that despite having the stats London Fletcher was passed over for a Pro Bowl berth. It was even worse when he was passed over as an injury replacement at middle linebacker for the AFC squad. Ray Lewis was chosen as the first alternate over Fletcher. It got even worse when Lewis backed out and was replaced by teammate Bart Scott. That means Fletcher wasn't even a second alternate despite having the best stats in the league at the position.
Tuesday January 30, 2007
Zierlein Enjoyed Buffalo: Larry Zierlein said he hates leaving Buffalo but it is a good opportunity for him in Pittsburgh. With the Bills he coached the offensive tackles, in Pittsburgh he will be in charge of the whole offensive line. He said this past season has been as good a year in coaching as he's ever experienced. Dick Jauron said Zierlein will be missed and he did a tremendous job. A search for his replacement has already begun.
Monday January 29, 2007
Bills Lose Coach: The Bills have lost assistant offensive line coach Larry Zierlein. He has left to take the offensive line coach's job with the Pittsburgh Steelers. As we reported last week, he had permission to inteview with new Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin. The two were on the same staff at Louisville in 1999 and 2000. Front Office Page.
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