Bruce Smith to Have No. 78 Retired by Bills: Date, Comments and Reaction

May 11, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Buffalo Bills will honor the NFL's all-time sacks leader prior to their Week 2 home opener against the New York Jets by retiring Bruce Smith's No. 78, the team announced Wednesday.
The 52-year-old Smith retired following the 2003 season with 200 career sacks. He was named to the Pro Bowl 11 times, won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award twice and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009.
The Bills selected Smith with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1985 NFL draft out of Virginia Tech, and he undoubtedly lived up to the hype that surrounded him.
As pointed out by WGR 550's Sal Capaccio, the Norfolk, Virginia, native is possibly the greatest player to ever don a Bills uniform:
Smith spoke to reporters Wednesday, telling them he was "numb" and "in disbelief" when he received the news of the honor.
"I am excited," Smith added. "I am humbled. I couldn't sleep last night, thinking of all the memories."
Smith is among the biggest reas...

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