Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Frank Reich was in town Saturday to present the 10th annual Call to Courage Award and reminisced over some of the highlights from Superbowl XXV.
Looking back that was a really special group.
Being 11-years-old at the time of Superbowl XXV, and having experience the teams full run from 1988-1993, I knew that they were a special team. Watching the Bills come up one game short of the Superbowl in 1988 and then lose in the Divisional Round in 1989 helped me realize that when they finally reached it the very next season.
The thing is nobody really realized just how special of a group those guys were until they were all gone.
The core group of guys on those teams and the city became family. They realized just how much the team and winning meant to the city to the point that they never gave up on winning the Superbowl no matter how many they lost.
In the end, Reich said it best (via the Buffalo News).
“Sitting here and watching the highlights of it, there’s a tendency to say, ‘Oh this is kind of a downer,’” Reich said. “I don’t look at it like that at all. Like Steve (Tasker) said, it was worth every second. I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world. We’d have loved to come out and be the winner. But the fact of the matter is, the relationships that were there, the overcoming adversity, going back to the second, third and a fourth Super Bowl with a lot of those core players, that’s really what I remember the most. It’s not any one game, it’s more the summation of a life, of a whole career of that organization, that team, the relationships, the special people that were a part of it, sharing it with family. My daughter Leah’s here. We had her first birthday party down in Tampa that week. Those are the kind of things that I think of in fondness and thankfulness to be a part of it. The loss is still disappointing, but there’s just more to appreciate.”