For the first time since 1977 the Buffalo Bills have put #32, the number famously associated with O.J. Simpson, back into circulation and new free agent signee Senorise Perry is now wearing the number during OTAs, according to ESPN.
“I thought it was retired, but then I was told it was available. Boom, I took it,” Perry said of the number, according to The Athletic.
“I know the situation. I know that greatness comes with that number, playing in Buffalo. But I’m willing to take anything that comes my way. I’m going into my sixth year, and I know what it takes to get in this league and stay here. With that number on my back, I know I’m doing well for my family.”
Simpson rushed for 10,183 yards and 57 touchdowns, leading the NFL in rushing four times during his nine seasons playing for the Bills, but his post-career life has been marred with numerous troubles with the law and his controversial trial, and outcomes, stemming from the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman, which he was acquitted for in 1995, but found liable by civil court for wrongful death.
Simpson, 71, was sentenced to prison in 2008 for armed robbery and kidnapping after entering a Las Vegas hotel room to recover stolen memorabilia items, and paroled in 2017.
“Whatever they do is fine with me,” Simpson said, according to the Athletic. “That’s how I feel. When I played there, I tried to honor the team. Since I left, I always tried to honor the Bills.
“And, to be honest, it’s not something I think about. There’s too much else going on in life.”
Simpson’s number was never retired, although he is on the team’s Wall of Fame at New Era Field.
Bills’ Fan Says Dolphins’ Bobby McCain Spit in His Face, Threatened to Spit on 13-Year Old
A fan of the Buffalo Bills is claiming that Miami Dolphins’ veteran cornerback Bobby McCain spit in his face and threatened to spit in the face of a 13-year old fan sitting behind him.
The fan, Dylan Wentland, has been a season ticket holder for 15-years and says that McCain threatened to spit on the young fan after the teenager yelled “You’re irrelevant” to McCain during warmups.
“He’s the nicest kid in the world. He’s sat behind us for years with his dad” Wentland said, according to the Buffalo News. He was just having a good time, “I go, ‘Dude, what’s wrong with you? What kind of role model are you for the kid?’ “
Wentland said he didn’t interact with McCain anymore during the game, but when the game ended and players left the field, McCain sought him out.
“I haven’t even said a word to him. He runs right up to me and spits in my face and then runs down the tunnel,” Wentland said. “I mean literally wound up, hocked and just spit right in my face while I’m standing there.”
The boy’s father, Scott Hammond says McCain had “faked spitting” on the boy “five or six times”, adding that he made the noise but nothing came out.
The video below shows Wentland calling McCain a “bad role model”.
Wentland says McCain sought him out after the game and spit in his face.
Dolphins’ head coach Brian Flores addressed the issue, stating that McCain will face discipline from the team “internally”.
“I heard [McCain’s] side of the story and it’s unfortunate” Flores said, according to the Miami Herald.
“I feel like he needed to handle that situation better. We’re going to discipline Bobby for that. We’ll handle that discipline internally, but situations like this — we’ve got to handle those situations and I would say, before I say that, we take those very seriously. There’s a standard that we’re trying to set here of professionalism, of the way we go about things.
We need to live up to that standard and we’re going to, so I talked to Bobby and, again, I heard his side of the story, but we need to handle situations better really on the field.”
McCain later issued a statement expressing his regret over the situation.
After 42 Years The Buffalo Bills Are Bringing Back OJ Simpsons Jersey Number
Five year Veteran Senorise Perry who played with the Miami Dolphins last year is now the new running back for the Buffalo Bills in 2019. When the team asked what jersey number he would like to wear he requested no. 32.
In an interview with the Athletic, he mentioned that he was surprised that the number OJ Simpson wore during his career. Senorise said “I thought it was retired,” running back Senorise Perry told The Athletic. “But then I was told it was available. Boom, I took it.”
OJ Simpsons jersey is retired at USC.
Bills Offering a Wedding at Halftime of Patriots Game
It’s an odd way to make fans a part of the game, but the Buffalo Bills are putting a unique twist on halftime festivities for a home game against the New England Patriots during the 2019 season.
According to the Buffalo News, the Bills are gauging interest to see if fans would be interested in getting married during halftime of their home game against the division-rival Patriots on September 29th.
The Bills are dubbin it the “Halftime Wedding Experience of a Lifetime”, and for some hardcore fans, it certainly can live up to the title.
The winning couple will get the honor of tying the knot during an on-field ceremony with 20 personal guests in front of fans in attendance during halftime.
Additionally, the coupe will get a custom Bills jersey and there will be a reception held after the wedding ceremony takes place.
If you, or anyone you know, is interested in getting hitched on the field, during a Pats/Bills game, then you can fill out this questionnaire.
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