Marv Levy, the man who coached the Buffalo Bills to four-straight Super Bowl appearances, recently made a case for Andre Reed's Hall of Fame credibility.
Levy, who is a Hall of Famer himself, has seen the likes of Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas and Bruce Smith get inducted. However, Reed was such an intricate part of Buffalo's offense in the 90s, and Levy believes he deserves the honors.
“You can talk about statistics,” Levy John Murphy, reported by Buffalobills.com. “When he retired,he was the third most prolific receiver of all time. But it went way beyond that with Andre. If you stop to think about it, we had a balanced offense, it wasn’t just focused on one guy, and yet he racked up the catches. There was nobody ever in the history of the game better at coming across the middle, more courageous. His nickname with our players was ‘YAC,’ not because he talked about, but because of Yards After the Catch.”
While Reed anxiously awaits the decision, those in Buffalo remember his legacy fondly. Fans reflect on the winter Sundays in December watching Reed and the Bills dominate the NFL with their prolific offense. Levy remembers them as well.
“There’s one other element with Andre, with all those statistics you mentioned," Levy said. "He didn’t get them in the nice weather, in a warm climate or in the confines of an indoor stadium, he got them in weather that was sometimes tremendously challenging. Modest guy, a team player, so deserving, I hope this is his year.”
The 2014 inductees will be announced on Saturday at 8 pm on FOX.
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