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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Henry Jones

(Born December 29, 1967) -- On the list of underrated Bills, Henry Jones might rank relatively highly. He was a very good player on a team filled with them.

Jones was born in St. Louis and went to college at Illinois. His play there caught the attention of the Bills, who selected him in the first round of the NFL Draft (26th overall).

Jones therefore missed the Bills’ first run to a Super Bowl, but he was on the roster in 1991. Jones was ready to move up to the starting lineup in 1992, and he responded with the season of his life.

The safety had one of those years when footballs kept finding him. He had eight interceptions, by far the most in a season in his career. That put him in the Pro Bowl for the only time in his career.

Jones hung around Buffalo until 2000, starting every game for the final nine years that he was a Bill. He jumped to the  Vikings, where he started for five games. Jones finished his career with the Falcons in 2002.

--- 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.