Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Tasker 'uncomfortable' with prospect of Hall of Fame


With former Buffalo Bills receiver Andre Reed getting his long overdue election into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last weekend, some of the most important members of the organization's history feel the Bills' squad of inductees is almost up to date.


"It’s pretty much complete," Reed recently said, via BuffaloBills.com. "But there’s one more guy… Steve [Tasker]. That would be great."

Tasker played a crucial role in the Bills' four consecutive AFC Championships in the early 90s as an all-purpose player and is arguably the greatest special-teamer in the history of pro football -- for both his production on the field and impact on the game.

Former NFL punter Ray Guy's election into the Hall last weekend has seemingly opened the door for other former specialist greats to be considered.

Tasker, however, isn't quite sure.

"For me I’m uncomfortable being in the fraternity with those guys and other guys who have been there throughout the history of the league," Tasker said. ". . . I’m very uncomfortable seeing myself as part of that group."

Tasker's humility undoubtedly aligns with the primary role he played as a returner and gunner. However, Tasker was a seven-time All-Pro and Pro Bowler, perhaps making the term "special teams star" a real thing.

"It’s a tough sell to have a guy that played primarily special team to get in the Hall of Fame," he said. "And you can debate it and maybe it’s a debate worth having."

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