Sunday, September 18, 2011

Butch Rolle

Sent: 9/7/11
Received: 9/17/11
Time: 10 Days
Address: Home
Item Sent: 1990 Score, 1991 Bowman
Item Received: 1990 Score, 1991 Bowman.  Both signed in black Sharpie.

Over the last two weeks I have sent out many autograph requests to former Buffalo Bills.  I was a huge Bills fan during their early '90s dynasty.  I adopted them as my number one team, even over the Vikings.  I knew the roster up and down.  I knew far more about the Bills than a 13 year old kid in Minnesota should have known.  Butch Rolle was one of my favorites because he was such a peculiar phenomenon.  All he did was catch touchdowns.  He was a third-string tight end who appeared almost exclusively as a blocker and a special teams player.  He caught four passes of no real significance in his 1986 rookie season.  In 1987, he had two catches for a combined total of six yards.  Both catches were touchdowns.  Once again in 1988, he had only two receptions on the season.  This time they totaled three yards.  But, again, both were touchdowns.  He played in all 16 Bills games in 1989, but only hauled in one pass.  Still following?  That one catch was indeed a one-yard touchdown.  He made up for that drop in production by catching three passes  -- three touchdown passes, of course -- in 1990.  And in 1991 he caught three balls for a whopping ten yards... but only two touchdowns!  The first two reached the end zone, which stretched his streak two ten consecutive receptions to result in touchdowns.  Sure, he stretched it out over five seasons, but it still stands as an NFL record.  In 1992, Rolle signed a free agent contract with the Phoenix Cardinals and was installed as their starting tight end.  He caught a career high 13 passes that season.  And, of course, not a single one resulted in a touchdown.

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