BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot
Since 1980, the Buffalo Bills have honored many of their legendary players, coaches and personnel by adding them to their Wall of Fame. No recipient has been announced yet for 2013, which leaves it unknown whether anyone will be joining the wall this season. That said, it’s not due to the team lacking worthwhile candidates.
The Bills have 28 members on its Wall of Fame. The following five legends also deserve to be honored for their tenure as Buffalo Bills.
5. Eric Moulds
Moulds played with the Bills between 1996-2005. He played in 154 games during his 10 years in Buffalo, starting in 133 games.
Moulds caught 675 passes for 9,096 receiving yards and 48 touchdown receptions during his time with the Bills. He eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards in four of his 10 seasons in Buffalo. He also made three Pro Bowl appearances for the Bills in 1998, 2000 and 2002.
Moulds ranks second in team history to Andre Reed in receiving yards, receptions, and receiving touchdowns. There’s no doubt that he’ll one day be added to Buffalo’s Wall of Fame.
4. Lou Saban
Saban had two tenures as Buffalo Bills head coach. He first coached the team between 1962-1965 in the AFL, and later rejoined the Bills from 1972-1976 in the NFL.
During his AFL tenure, Saban led the Bills to a 36-17-3 record. He led Buffalo to AFL championships in 1964 and 1965. As all Bills fans know, these are the only two titles in the team’s history.
Saban’s NFL record with the Bills was 32-28-1.
One reason Saban may not be on the Wall of Fame is due to issues with owner Ralph Wilson Jr. Saban quit his job twice on Wilson. His first tenure ended when he resigned to become head coach at the University of Maryland. The second time, Saban left the Bills just five games into the 1976 season, after he felt he lost the team.
Saban passed away in 2009, but should be recognized for leading the team to its only two championships.
3. Ruben Brown
When the Bills drafted Ruben Brown in the first round of the 1995 NFL draft, they added one of the greatest offensive linemen in the team’s history. Brown started 136 games for the Bills at guard between 1995-2003 and earned many honors for his strong play.
Brown was named to eight consecutive Pro Bowls with the Bills from 1996-2003. He also added four All-Pro selections to his resume as well (1998-2000; 2002). The team named Brown to its 50th Anniversary Team in 2009.
Brown was inducted to the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame in 2011 and is certainly deserving of a spot on the Bills’ Wall of Fame.
Interestingly enough, Brown played college football with Bills general manager Doug Whaley at Pittsburgh, so if the current GM has a say, perhaps Brown will join the team’s wall in the near future.