Last week I started a weekly segment titled “Remember Him?” I highlighted a Bills favorite, Steve Tasker. This segment is really nothing more than an opportunity for Bills fans (or football fans in general) to recall some of the team’s players who no longer play the game. Unfortunately, my memory only spans back to the Super Bowl days. I really don’t think using players from before that time would make sense since I wasn’t alive during those days. But, luckily for me, the days I remember happen to be the most notable in the franchise’s history.
From last week:
If you’ve ever been to a Bills game (or any team’s for that matter) and you’re like me, one of the things you do while roaming the stadium is see who is on the fans’ jerseys. Some are obvious, like a #12 or #78, but when you see a #80 or a #88 you may be find yourself looking at the name on the back, followed by an “ohh yeahh…I remember him.” There are countless former Bills who have etched a special place in the fans’ hearts.
So, without further adieu, Remember him?
Position: Strong Safety
Drafted: 1991, 1st round, 26 overall – Buffalo Bills
Years in Buffalo: 1991-2000
- 1x Pro Bowl selection (1992)
- 1x All-Pro selection (1992)
Career Stats: Buffalo Bills (1991-2000) Minnesota Vikings (2001) Atlanta Falcons (2002)
Forced Fumbles 7
Fumble Recoveries 9
Henry Jones may not come to mind when you think of the Bills’ top defensive backs, but there’s no denying he had a stellar career in Buffalo. Jones wasn’t a flashy playmaker, but he wasn’t one to make too many mistakes either. After an almost silent rookie season in 1991, Jones burst out in his sophomore season of 1992. He nabbed 8 interceptions, which tied for the league lead, and returned two of them for touchdowns (in the same game). He also racked up 92 tackles, which was second on the team behind Bruce Smith. He also forced two fumbles and recovered two more. This breakout season earned him his first and only Pro Bowl selection.
After being inserted into the lineup in ‘92, Jones would be a staple in the Bills’ defense for the remainder of the decade. In fact, besides his rookie season and his final season in Atlanta, Jones started every game in his career, missing only 15 games to injury in his 10 seasons with the Bills.