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Buffalo Bills News - September 12, 2002

Marker Tops Game Ball of the Week - Travis Henry [4:52 PM] reports: After practice on Thursday, the second-year back answered some emails from fans. "My goal is to rush for 1,500 yards and score 12 touchdowns for the year."

Marker Bills take time to reflect on Sept. 11 [1:11 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '"Those of us who are involved in football and in sports, a lot of times get put up on a pedestal," Donahoe pointed out. "People think that we're different...that we're not human beings. But we are and we were all affected one way or another. I remember talking to the players (on Sept. 11, 2001) and telling them things would never be the same because of the events of (that day). Emotionally, that date and the events of that date are something that's going to affect us for the rest of our lives."'

Marker Drew Bledsoe Previews Vikings Game [11:52 AM] reports: "As we have a partial game plan in place for the upcoming game I will meet with the running backs and wide receivers to go over that together. This way we can work out some of the nuances and become familiar with the plan together. I foresee it to be a weekly thing."

Marker Where Are They Now: J.D. Hill [9:41 AM] reports: Thirty-one years ago, wide receiver J.D. Hill led Arizona State to an undefeated season. He was named to the All-America team and was MVP of the Senior Bowl. Yet surprisingly, he didnít spend a lot of time thinking about the NFL and certainly wasnít sitting next to the telephone during that yearís draft.

Marker Defending Moss: double or nothing [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Just how the Bills go about defending the National Football League's most dangerous big-play receiver will go a long way toward deciding Sunday's meeting of 0-1 teams.'

Marker At memorial service, Bills reflect on lessons of 9/11 [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I was driving to work this morning and one of the things I noticed is a lot of people had their American flags out and it just reiterated how proud I am to be an American," said linebacker London Fletcher. "It makes you realize what things are most important to you, which is family."'

Marker Sean Salisbury: Bills defense should have an edge [8:46 AM]
ESPN reports: The Bills defense will make a bigger difference. I like their two physical corners, Nate Clements and Antoine Winfield. They have the potential to take Randy Moss out of the game. If they can, they can beat the Vikings. However, I think Eric Moulds will have a big day for Buffalo. And the Bills should still run the ball with success against the Vikings after what Travis Henry did last week. Moss may get his yards, but Buffalo's defense is more capable of having an impact than Minnesota's.

Marker Upset of the Week [8:43 AM]
Sporting News reports: Buffalo over Minnesota. Watch out for the Bills' offense. Travis Henry appears ready to break out as a premier power back and Drew Bledsoe looks very comfortable with Eric Moulds as his go-to-guy. And Bills cornerbacks Antoine Winfield and Nate Clements can slow down Randy Moss and the Vikings' receivers. Bills 26, Vikings 24.

Marker JUDGE: The East is a beast, and the best [8:42 AM] reports: Granted, Buffalo probably is one draft away from being a winner again, but the Bills will cause people trouble this season. I think they can beat Chicago in three weeks. I think they can beat the Raiders the next weekend, too. What I donít think is that they can make the playoffs. Not yet, anyway.

Marker Bills reflect on Sept. 11 [7:22 AM]
AP reports: '"I re-examined my priorities and how I was approaching my life, especially with respect to my children. It was a hard time to have to have a conversation with your kid who is not yet 4 years old, and try to explain how something like this would happen. It was not a conversation I was hoping to have with my son."'

Marker Bills may use starters on special teams [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: '"We will take a look at that in depth this week, yes," Williams said.'

Marker Like our grief, healing should be shared [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'He had studied his film, lifted his weights, completed his on-field practicing. Now it was time for Buffalo Bills tight end David Moore to do the really important work of the day. Go home and comfort a grieving wife.'

Marker Subdued Bills relive the emotions of terrible day [5:15 AM]
D and C reports: '"When you go through today, you have some of those same feelings that you had a year ago and I don't think we'll ever forget," he said.'

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September 11, 2002

Marker Clements keeping quiet about Moss [9:26 PM]
AP reports: 'Clements wouldn't make any predictions about this weekend, only to say: ''The proof will be in the pudding. You walk the walk and you don't worry about the talking."'

Marker Where Are They Now: Ben Williams [4:30 PM] reports: Ben Williams was in a word - refreshing, when he joined the Bills in 1976. Selected in the third round out of the University of Mississippi, the All-Southeastern Conference defensive lineman didnít arrive in Buffalo with the attitude that the NFL deserved him or vice-versa.

Marker Drew Bledsoe's Crushing Block (Video) [3:44 PM] reports: Quarterback Drew Bledsoe threw a crushing block on Jets 305-pound defensive tackle Jason Ferguson on a reverse to wide receiver Peerless Price in Buffalo's first drive Sunday.

Marker Vikings to face Buffalo Bills in 2002 home opener [3:26 PM]
Minnesota Vikings reports: 'The game will be televised by CBS (Channel 4 in the Twin Cities) with Brent Jones and Gus Johnson calling the action.'

Marker United Way launches effort for record goal [3:19 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Gallivans were joined for the campaign kickoff on the 20-yard-line by Buffalo Bills president and General Manager Tom Donahoe, Bills offensive guard Ruben Brown, United Way President Arlene F. Kaukus and more than 30 United Way volunteers plus staff members. Brown, the Bills' United Way spokesman, will appear in this year's National Football League-United Way commercial for the Bills.'

Marker Bills Pregame: A Patriotic Tribute (Photos) [2:20 PM] reports: Sunday's pregame ceremony was a fantastic display of national pride as well as a tribute to the victims, the survivors and the heros of 9/11.

Marker Bills Visit Buffalo Firefighters [2:16 PM] reports: As we pause to reflect on the tragic events that happened on Sept. 11, 2001, the Bills spent time on Tuesday (Sept. 10) honoring Buffalo firefighters.

Marker Sept. 11 brings mixed emotions for former Bill [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Sept. 11, 2001, will stand as one of the worst days in U.S. history, but it marked a second chance for Goodwin, a fullback with the Buffalo Bills in 1965-66 in the American Football League.'

September 10, 2002

Marker Travis Henry Hits Ground Running [10:49 PM] reports: Perhaps no Bills player worked harder to prepare for the 2002 season than second-year running back Travis Henry. Last Sunday vs. the Jets, that hard work started to pay dividends as Henry registered career-highs with 149 yards on 31 carries and 3 rushing TDs (5, 3, and 2 yards).

Marker Party for Bledsoe ends in loss [5:04 PM] reports: Throughout the game, Drew's crew fed off their new leader. He stood in the pocket time and time again, taking hard hits and bouncing right back up. After completions he would sprint down the field, slap "five" with the receiver, and then beckon his other teammates to run after him. And he made play after play, finishing 26-of-39 for 271 yards.

Marker Chris Mortensen: Top-five lists from a fantastic Week 1 [5:04 PM] reports: Most Impressive in Defeat
#2. Bills 31, Jets 37 -- Set aside the disastrous kick coverages and the Bills served notice that all the "hype" about their offseason upgrades was well-deserved. Not only did Drew Bledsoe play phenomenal football, but there wasn't a more impressive running back in Week 1 than Travis Henry.

Marker Highest-Scoring, Most Competitive Kickoff Weekend Ever [3:20 PM] reports: The NFL kicked off its 83rd season this past week, and any way you slice it, it was exciting, unpredictable and just plain wild. The New York Times said, ďNever in the 83-year history of the league had there been a Week 1 like this.Ē

Marker Game Ball of the Week [2:19 PM] reports: Throughout the 2002 season, the Bills and Tops will present the Game Ball of the Week to the Bills player chosen by you, the fans, as that week's MVP. This week's winner is Travis Henry.

Marker Despite return woes, Bills showed improvement [1:09 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The understandable focus on special teams obscured the fact Buffalo did a number of good things against New York.'

Marker The D-line passes first test [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills weren't pointing fingers Monday toward their special teams as the source of their defeat, perhaps because it was obvious.'

Marker Bills learn how to share the blame [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Moulds' message was simple and forceful: The special teams did not lose this football game, guys. Remember, we win as a team and we lose as a team. So once those doors open, make sure there's no finger-pointing. But people pointed fingers, anyway - at themselves.'

Marker Bad tackling blamed for kick returns [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We had guys that were unblocked that missed tackles," Williams said Monday. "There's the thing. Defensive guys and offensive guys are on those units. We just can't have missed tackles."'

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