Steve Tasker caught 20 passes that (1995) season for 255 yards with three touchdowns. He collected the first 100-yard game of his career in the playoffs against the Dolphins, highlighted by a 37-yard touchdown reception.
The Bills played angry all season, winning 12 games, another AFC East title and another AFC championship. But the season would end yet again with another Super Bowl, this time by a 30-13 count to the Cowboys.
Bill Bates and Steve Tasker were two of the greatest special-teams aces in NFL history. Both retired in 1998. I asked them then what the toughest part of their job was and both gave me the same answer – convincing a new group of teammates each year that what they do on special teams is important.
Buffalo’s backup quarterback Frank Reich then took charge, throwing three touchdown passes in the third quarter to pull the Bills back to 35-31 heading into the fourth quarter. He threw another touchdown pass in the fourth quarter and the Bills wound up winning in overtime, 41-38.
Steve Tasker was drafted by the Houston Oilers and spent a season and a half there before being waived. He was claimed by Buffalo where coach Marv Levy, one of the NFL’s original special teams coaches, had a plan for Tasker.
Hall of Fame inductee Bill Polian says former Bills’ Kent Hull and Steve Tasker deserve Hall-of-Fame consideration, and he’s right. But the reality is: They’re up against long odds. In fact, history tells us the obstacles they face are so considerable that “consideration” is probably all they will get from Canton.
Carolina special teams coordinator Bruce DeHaven coached special-teams ace Steve Tasker in the 1990s, so he knows how valuable … or invaluable … he was. And, according to DeHaven, Tasker was so accomplished he belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “If Steve Tasker doesn’t go in as a special teams player then nobody should go in,” he said.
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