Monday, December 5, 2011

Joe Ferguson

Sent: 11/15/11
Received: 12/3/11
Time: 18 Days
Address: Home
Item Sent: 1979 Topps, 1982 Topps, 1985 Topps, 1991 Pro Set Legends
Item Received: 1979 Topps, 1982 Topps, 1985 Topps, 1991 Pro Set Legends.  All signed in blue Sharpie.

This is a pretty awesome return for my 300th of the year!  Joe Ferguson stepped in as a rookie starting quarterback for the Bills in 1973 and held on to the job for twelve seasons.  He rewrote the Bills record book during that time.  Although it was a run-heavy offense, Ferguson still managed a league-leading 25 touchdown passes in 1975.  By the late '70s, with O.J. gone and a slew of talented wide receivers on the roster, the offense opened up big time, allowing Ferguson to put together a couple of 3,500+ yard seasons.  Although just about all of his team passing records were broken by Jim Kelly, Ferguson and Kelly still share one number.  The #12 jersey has been retired by the Bills in honor of both quarterbacks.

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