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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Talley gets his turn

    October 19, 2003 -- Darryl Talley might not have ever received his due for his work as a player in the National Football League. Ask a Bills' player, fan or coach about him, though, and you'll get a long testimonial to his talents.

   Talley, perhaps the most underrated player nationally on the Bills' great teams of the 1990s, was honored on this day when his name went up on the team's Wall of Fame.

   "I've only been selfish about one thing," Talley said to Bob DiCesare of The News. "That's winning. I'm one of those people who want to win, and win at all costs. I don't like the idea of failing at anything."

   Talley never missed a game with the Bills in 12 seasons, going 188 for 188. Yet he only made the Pro Bowl twice.

   "To be honest with you, it was like this: We had a team full of stars and it's hard for everybody to shine. Somebody had to take a back seat," Talley said. "If you win and win big, there's always enough publicity to go around. Football's a team game. Individual accomplishments come from doing small things in the framework of a team. That's the way Darryl Talley played football."

   The Bills saluted Talley by winning on that date. They beat the Redskins, 24-7, as Travis Henry ran for 167 yards on 31 carries.

 --- Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.