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Steve Tasker

State Your Case: Why Michael Bates needs to be in the HOF discussion

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TOFN podcast: Steve Tasker recalls the greatest comeback in NFL history

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Next special-teamer a best bet for Canton? Vinatieri

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Steve Tasker could block kicks, cover kicks and return kicks. So could Michael Bates, who was a first-team NFL all-decade selection for the 1990s as a return specialist.

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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.

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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.

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The Bills had lost the two previous Super Bowls to NFC East teams, but Tasker’s blocked punt was just another sign that Buffalo’s post-season luck was about to turn.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Why former Buffalo special-teams star Steve Tasker deserves to have his candidacy heard by the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Adam Vinatieri owns four Super Bowl rings (three from the Patriots, one from the Colts) and set an NFL record by converting 44 consecutive field goals. He was voted to the 2000 NFL all-decade team.

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Billy “White Dhoes” was the only kick returner named to the NFL’s 75th anniversary team – and he’s also the only member of that 75th anniversary team not enshrined in Canton.

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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.

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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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(Photo courtesy of the Buffalo Bills) Talk of Fame Network NFL coaches will tell you special teams account for a third of the game. But that’s not what the NFL Hall of Fame selection committee will tell you — not with just one pure placekicker and one pure punter enshrined in Canton. You won’t find …

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(Photo courtesy of Atlanta Falcons) Talk of Fame Network Football has become a game of specialists, and no two were ever better at their specialties than Hall-of-Fame kicker Jan Stenerud and the most dangerous return man in the NFL, Devin Hester. Both visit with Talk of Fame Network radio this weekend to discuss not only …

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By Clark Judge Talk of Fame Network   CANTON, Ohio — The question was simple. The answer was not. “Now that Andre Reed’s in the Hall of Fame,” asked John Murphy, host of the Buffalo Bills’ Radio Network, “who’s the next Bill to make it to Canton?” Good question. There is, as Murphy pointed out, …

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