Over the last few days, I've been reaching out to members of the Bills' first Super Bowl team to get some of their memories about that game. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Super Bowl XXV, which was played on Jan. 27, 1991 in Tampa. In case you missed it, the Bills lost, 20-19.
Sometime in the next two weeks, we'll be running stories that look back on that first Super Bowl experience, drawing mainly on the memories of the men who played and coached in it. Along the way, I'll put some highlights of the players' interviews on the blog:
Almost to a man, the players say among their most vivid memories were the fighter planes going over the stadium and Whitney Houston's rendition of the national anthem before the kickoff. The game took place at the height of the Gulf War, remember, and patriotism was very much in the air that evening.
"Yeah. Our country being at war, the planes flying over ... the hair stands up on my arms to
this day when I think about it. I guess, I'm such a patriotic person, I believe in this
country. We're in a war and billions of people are looking in on the game.
"It gives me goose bumps. I'm getting them right now! You've got people fighting for our rights and wait a minute, I'm playing a football game? Then Whitney Houston nails the anthem. There was nothing left to see or do. You look in the stands and they're all red, white and blue. It goes back to Marv saying, 'Where would you rather be than right here, right now?' The biggest game on the biggest stage. Red, white and blue colors. Apache Tomahawk helicopters. Twenty years ago. Can you believe that?
"Neither can I."
As Western New York prepares to mark 20 years since “Wide Right,” The Buffalo News wants to hear your memories of Super Bowl XXV.
Whether you went to the game, the pep rally the next day or just watched it at home, send us your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll post readers’ stories on buffalonews.com and may even use some in our special coverage of the game’s anniversary.