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Cover Team SpiritWhat's new with the Buffal Bills? That's what this page is all about.

The Team Spirit OVERTIME website begins where the Team Spirit books end.

That's because football never stands still … And I can never squeeze everything I want into 48 pages!

Scroll down for team updates, player profiles, and stats you won't find in the book. Click on the videos to the left to hear me talk about Team Spirit OVERTIME as well as my favorite players. And take a look below at some of the Bills collectibles I have in my home—pretty cool, right?

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20132016 Season Roundup: Buffalo fans had been waiting since 2000 for their team to make the playoffs in 2016. They had to wait another year as the team finished 7–9. The Bills actually had a winning record heading into December, but lost four of their final five games. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor spent the year running for his life and was sacked 42 times. Coach Rex Ryan was fired in the final week. LeSean McCoy had better luck. He ran for 1,267 yards and scored 14 touchdowns.

2016 Season Preview: Tyrod Taylor had a sensational year at quarterback for Buffalo in 2015, as did Sammy Watkins at receiver. If the Bills can get big years out of runners LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams, they could be tough to beat in 2016. The key—on offense and defense—will be consistent play from week to week. The Bills hope they can count on another good year from their top pass defenders, Ronald Darby and Stephon Gilmore.

20132015 Season Preview: Tyrod Taylor is a great athlete, but can he be a winning NFL quarterback? New coach Rex Ryan hopes Buffalo’s powerhouse defense will give him enough time to find out. In the meantime, LeSean McCoy will be counted upon to power the offense.

2013September 2, 2014: Buffalo fans wanted quarterback E.J. Manuel to throw more in 2013. They will get their wish in 2014 with the addition of super rookie Sammy Watkins. The defense needs to get better and follow the lead of stars Mario Williams and Marcel Dareus—and Manuel will have to stay healthy—if Buffalo hopes to challenge for the division crown.

2013September 4, 2013: No Buffalo team has ever undergone the changes that the 2013 Bills have. They have a new head coach (Doug Marrone) and a new quarterback (rookie E.J. Manuel), plus a new offensive coordinator and a new defensive coordinator. It may take a while for everything to come together, but if the Bills get big years from speedy running back C.J. Spiller and sure-handed receiver Stevie Johnson, they could make things very interesting in the AFC East.

2013February 2, 2013: Receiver Stevie Johnson and running back C.J. Spiller turned in 1,000-yard seasons, but it was not enough to get the Bills in the playoffs. They finished 6–10, third in the AFC East.

Summer, 2012: After an amazing start to the 2011 season, the Bills slumped in the second half after Ryan Fitzpatrick and Fred Jackson were injured. If these stars stay healthy and the defense continues to improve, all the Bills need to do is prove they can beat the top teams when it counts.

     
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Tom Sestak died very young, so his autographs are hard to find. (Author's Collection)

 

 

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Joe Ferguson used to kill the New York Jets. In fact, his only postseason win came against them. Ugh! (Topps, Inc.)

 

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The Bills have had a lot of big-time receivers over the years, but Eric Moulds was the first to catch 100 passes in a season. (Pinnacle Brands)

 

Mike Stratton — Linebacker
Born: 4/10/1941
Played for Team: 1962 to 1972
Mike Stratton was the leader of the Buffalo defense for more than a decade. He was a hard hitter who once played in 62 games in a row. Stratton's tackle of Keith Lincoln early in the 1964 AFL Championship Game was known as the "hit heard 'round the world." It knocked Lincoln out of the game, sparking the Bills to their first championship.


Tom Sestak — Defensive Lineman
Born: 3/9/1936            
Died: 4/3/1987
Played for Team: 1962 to 1968
Tom Sestak was the most rugged defensive tackle in the AFL. He was a fearsome pass-rusher and one of the best at guessing an opponent's plays. "Big Ses" played most of his career with two injured knees and had to leave the sport before NFL fans got to see him play.


Joe DeLamielleure — Offensive Lineman
Born: 3/16/1951
Played for Team: 1973 to 1979 & 1985
Joe DeLamielleure was a key member of Buffalo's offensive line during 1970s when it was known as the "Electric Company." He helped open big holes for O.J. Simpson and also allowed very few sacks. DeLamielleure was voted All-Pro four years in a row starting in 1975. He was voted into the Hall of Fame in 2003.


Joe Ferguson — Quarterback
Born: 4/23/1950
Played for Team: 1973 to 1984
The Bills drafted Joe Ferguson in 1973, and he immediately became the team's starter as a rookie. Early in his career, his job was to hand the ball to O.J. Simpson and pass only when the Bills needed a big play. After two seasons, Buffalo learned that Ferguson could do much more. He tied for the NFL lead in touchdown passes in 1975 and topped the league in passing yards two years later.


Fred Smerlas — Defensive Lineman
Born: 4/8/1957
Played for Team: 1979 to 1989
Fred Smerlas was the anchor of the Bills' defensive line in the 1980s. He was voted to the Pro Bowl every year from 1980 to 1983 and again in 1988. Smerlas played nose tackle for most of his career and wrote a book about his life called By a Nose.


Eric Moulds — Receiver
Born: 7/17/1973
Played for Team: 1996 to 2005
In his rookie season, Eric Moulds returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown. But he had to wait two years before getting his chance to make an impact as a receiver. In 1998, Moulds averaged more than 20 yards per catch and played in his first Pro Bowl. His best season came in 2002 when he had 100 receptions and scored 10 touchdowns.


Lee Evans — Receiver
Born: 3/11/1981            
Played for Team: 2004 to 2010
Starting his first season with the Bills, Lee Evans proved he was one of the league's most explosive receivers. In 2006, he led the team with 1,292 receiving yards and eight touchdown catches. Each year from 2004 to 2008, he had at least one catch that went for more than 60 yards.

     
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I love the way they took a black and white photo and colorized it so you can pick out Joe DeLamielleure. (Author's Collection)

 

HEAD TO HEAD
During his career with the Bills, Joe DeLamielleure went head-to-head with Mean Joe Greene of the Pittsburgh Steelers four times. In these meetings between the top tackler and top blocker in the AFC, "Joe D." came out on top every time. Greene had a total of nine tackles and failed to get a single quarterback sack.


FOUR OF SIX
In 1973, the Bills opened the season with rookie Joe Ferguson as their starting quarterback. Ferguson led Buffalo to victory in four of the team's first six games—a feat no first-year player had ever accomplished. It took 35 years for another player to match that feat. Matt Ryan finally did it for the Atlanta Falcons in 2008.


LEE III
Lee Evans wore number 3 in college because his full name was Lee Evans III. When he joined the Bills, he knew there was a rule against receivers wearing that number so he asked for 83 instead. The problem was that had been Andre Reed's number. The Bills gave Evans special permission to wear 83.

     
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They folded these posters into quarters and gave them to you free with a stick of gum back in 1971. A pack cost a dime back then. Sweet! (Topps, Inc.

 

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I don't think I ever saw Cookie Gilchrist play, but as a little boy I remember wondering how tough could a football player named Cookie be? (Topps, Inc.)

 

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I do remember Tom Janik. When I was a kid there were a bunch of guys like him who played a regular position and also punted or kicked. (Topps, Inc.)

 

RUSHING YARDS
1964 — Cookie Gilchrist — 981 (AFL)
1962 — Cookie Gilchrist — 1,096 (AFL)
1972 — O.J. Simpson — 1,251
1973 — O.J. Simpson — 2,003
1975 — O.J. Simpson — 1,817
1976 — O.J. Simpson — 1,503


RECEIVING YARDS
No Bill has led the league in receiving yards.


PASSING YARDS
1977 — Joe Ferguson — 2,803


RUSHING TDs
1962 — Cookie Gilchrist — 13 (tied for AFL lead)
1963 — Cookie Gilchrist — 12 (AFL)
1964 — Daryle Lamonica — 6 (tied for AFL lead)
1964 — Cookie Gilchrist — 6 (tied for AFL lead)
1965 — Wray Carlton — 6 (tied for AFL lead)
1973 — O.J. Simpson — 12
1975 — O.J. Simpson — 16


RECEIVING TDs
No Bill has led the league in receiving touchdowns.


PASSING TDs
1975 — Joe Ferguson — 25
1991 — Jim Kelly — 33


POINTS
1975 — O.J. Simpson — 138
1988 — Scott Norwood — 129


INTERCEPTIONS
1961 — Bill Atkins — 10 (AFL)
1967 — Tommy Janik — 10 (tied for AFL lead)


SACKS
1995 — Bryce Paup — 17.5

     
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SEASON GAME OPPONENT SCORE
1964 AFL Championship San Diego Chargers Won 20–7
1965 AFL Championship San Diego Chargers Won 23–0
1966 AFL Championship Kansas City Chiefs Lost 31–7
1988 AFC Championship Cincinnati Bengals Lost 21–10
1990 AFC Championship Oakland Raiders Won 51–3
1990 Super Bowl XXV New York Giants Lost 20–19
1991 AFC Championship Denver Broncos Won 10–7
1991 Super Bowl XXVI Washington Redskins Lost 37–24
1992 AFC Championship Miami Dolphins Won 29–10
1992 Super Bowl XXVII Dallas Cowboys Lost 52–17
1993 AFC Championship Kansas City Chiefs Won 30–13
1993 Super Bowl XXVIII Dallas Cowboys Lost 30–13

 

 
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