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Jeff Saturday, Frank Reich, Andre Reed top Call to Courage event

By Mark Gaughan

Former Indianapolis Colts All-Pro center Jeff Saturday will receive the top award at the 12th annual Call to Courage Award breakfast on April 6.

The event will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo, and tickets still are available.

Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Frank Reich created the event to recognize an NFL player who exemplifies outstanding character, commitment and leadership on the field and in the community. Past winners include Curtis Martin, Kurt Warner and London Fletcher.

This year's event also will recognize the 20th anniversary of the greatest comeback in NFL history -- the Bills' wild-card playoff victory over the Houston Oilers in 1993.

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On this date 20 years ago: Don Beebe refused to quit

By Tim Graham

NEW ORLEANS -- Twenty years ago today, Don Beebe became a symbol for showing pride in defeat.

The Dallas Cowboys were rag-dolling the Buffalo Bills, 52-17, in Super Bowl XXVII at the Rose Bowl. Bills quarterback Frank Reich fumbled. Leon Lett scooped the ball and trampled up the right sideline for what should have been an easy touchdown.

But Beebe didn't give up. He sprinted from behind, and when Lett decided to showboat around the 5-yard line, slowing down and extending the ball in his big right mitt, Beebe chopped it out.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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