Sunday, November 6, 2011
Scott Norwood honored by Bills
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Former Buffalo Bills kicker Scott Norwood was honored with the 26th annual Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Distinguished Service Award during a break in the first quarter of the game against the New York Jets on Sunday.
Norwood is the 31st former player selected for the award, which honors past players for their contributions to the team both on and off the field.
Norwood kicked for the Bills from 1985-91, and played in 108 games during that span. It was his first time back to Buffalo to watch a Bills game since his retirement.
His most-remembered kick was in the 1991 Super Bowl, a 47-yarder that sailed wide right as time expired in Buffalo's 20-19 loss to the New York Giants.
"It feels terrific to be back," said Norwood, who received a nice ovation when he was announced to the sellout crowd. "It's been nice to see some old teammates and old friends who I haven't seen in many years. The connections are long and deep here."
Norwood set a franchise record for most field goals in a season with 32 in 1988, a mark that was later broken by Steve Christie in 1998 (33). His 670 career points ranks third on the Bills' all-time list.
In 1988 he earned his only trip to the Pro Bowl after leading the league in scoring with 129 points
"It is a time of reflection," he said. "For what I had to give, I think I performed, and maybe exceeded perhaps, what I could do. I was supported by a great team. I didn't do it alone. I did the best I could in all situations, and handled myself as best I could."