Buffalo Bills fans know the tremendous impact Steve Tasker had on special teams. Tasker has demonstrated the importance of the gunner’s position in a coverage unit like never before.
The gunner position may not be the sexiest position on the roster, but it’s an important one for multiple reasons. With Tusker’s contributions, he should be historically significant for his NFL.
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Instead, Tasker’s Hall of Fame has been overlooked. For now, there is consolation.
CBS Sports named Tasker one of the top 20 players not inducted into the prestigious NFL Hall of Fame.
Tasker’s breakdown is as follows:
One of the greatest special teams players in NFL history, Tusker won seven Pro Bowl awards from 1987-1995. During that period, Tusker helped the Bills become the first franchise to appear in four consecutive Super Bowls. Tusker faced linebacker Robert He Jones as the Cowboys punted from his 16-yard line. Jones had no chance against Tusker, who beat Jones with an inside move before blocking Mike Saxon’s punt. Tusker’s play set up the first touchdown of the game.
Tusker missed his last chance to be inducted into the Hall of Fame last year. Now ineligible for the Hall of Fame ballot, Tusker’s fate is in the hands of the Appellate Body.
Tasker recorded 204 special teams tackles and seven blocked punts.
He was a seven-time Pro Bowler. Tusker won him MVP at the 1993 event, making him the first Special Teams player to earn that honor. Tasker said he was named to the All-Time NFL Team in 2000.
Not surprisingly, Tasker is part of Highmark Stadium’s Bills’ Wall of Fame.
Tasker helped revolutionize the Special Teams team. Hopefully, the Appellate Body will give Tasker the honor he deserves.