Saturday, August 8, 2009

Another Buffalo Bill goes to the Hall


One of the greatest defensive ends to ever play football was enshrined in the NFL Hall of Fame today. Bruce Smith played 19 seasons, all but one with the Buffalo Bills. He finished with 200 sacks, more than anyone since the stat began to be counted in 1982. I chose the picture above because it typified many battles with Miami Dolphin guard, Richmond Webb. Webb paid Smith this memorable compliment:

"He took no plays off. It was going to be 60 minutes of hell."

5 comments:

Frontier Forest said...

Thought you might make a “Felich” comment about the Chief’s newest inductee, Derick Thomas. It’s quite interesting that when famous celebrities die, the world seems to forget their indiscretions, and maybe that’s not a bad thing. But hard for me to forget how many children showed up after his funeral that said this “hero” was their father.

Reepicheep said...

Unfortunately neither Bruce or Derrick have been model citizens.

Thomas is a tragic figure as a "family" person fathering at least 7 children with multiple different women. Then, somehow his total assets only amounted to $1.16 million dollars to be split between them all. Strange because he played 11 seasons and never made less than $1 million per year and quite a bit more the two seasons before his death. What'd he do with all the dough?

Rick Calohan said...

I know what DT did with some of the money, he bought a house in Independence, and my cousin currently lives in it. They bought after it went on the market for a quarter of a mil. He had wall to wall black carpeting, guess it was the style then. Two projections theatres one in his master bedroom and the other in the basement, a hot tub on his deck, and the bathroom shower was tiled in black and white CHIEFS # 58. My cousins had to spend an additional 50g’s on the house just to refurbish what he had destroyed.

Rick Calohan said...

Here is the link to the photo of the shower that I took in 2005, there is some other pics of DT's basement since there where my cousin runs his internet server business playnetwebhosting.com

http://www.flickr.com/photos/calohan/764781812/in/set-72157600738624593/

William said...

Where did it go? "Marginal Propensity to Consume" is where. Happens to all of us unless we choose to buck the tide of consumerism/materialism. As far as Derrick is concerned, I was in Canton for his induction and enjoyed it very much. Perhaps God worked in his heart those final weeks after the accident. I for one know that my hope is not to be remembered for all of my youthful/middled-aged indescretions.