A WIN OVER THE JETS….NOW ON TO BUFFALO!
The Jets were successful in shutting down the Dolphins running game. But I think Matt Moore surprised them with the accuracy of his passing game. The Dolphins defense and special teams had great performances too. Although at times the Dolphins tackling in the secondary was weak.
The Jets defensive line flat stopped us, repeatedly, on the goal line but, when it counted, Matt Moore stepped up and took control.
Buffalo’s up next….in Buffalo. Always a tough venue when I played and not necessarily on the field. The fans in Buffalo were more than passionate about their football.
It was my rookie year and I was proud to be in the NFL. Several members of my family and many friends had driven from Ohio and Syracuse to see me play and I wanted them to see my face as the announcer called my name and I ran out onto the field. You know….macho stuff, right? Luckily, one of our veteran players, Ray Jacobs, insisted I put my helmet on. I argued but his face turned red as he told me, “put your damn helmet on rookie! So I did. No one argued with Ray for long. Seconds later, a half can of Genesee came sailing down from high above in the stands and hit the side of my helmet spraying foam and beer everywhere! Ray’s only response was, “see?” I guess he’d played in Buffalo before.
And early in my career, before a game against the Bills, someone stole one of our charter buses we’d left in the parking lot while practicing at the old War Memorial Stadium! On game day I asked the same driver if they’d located the stolen bus. He said the Buffalo police hadn’t found it yet!! What?? Where do you hide a Greyhound Scenic Cruiser?! Those are just a few fun and entertaining memories I have from Buffalo.
Congratulations to the Dolphins for a continued fine effort on the field. Hopefully, we’ll see a repeat performance (or better) Saturday. It’s actually becoming fun to be a fan again.