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|Buffalo's Steve Tasker Special Teams Legend|
Who says you have to be big to make an impact in the NFL? Steve Tasker was an exception to the rule. Despite his lack of size, Tasker (5' 9",183 lbs.) gained a reputation as one of the league's most feared hitters, forcing numerous fumbles. Contributing to his success in breaking up kick and punt returns was his speed.
Tasker was almost always the first player to reach the return man and was the first player to establish himself as a star almost exclusively through special teams play without being either a kicker or a returner. Tasker played in seven Pro Bowls (1987 and 1990-1995) as a special teamer and was named the game's MVP in 1993.
Many, including former teammate and Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, consider him to be the greatest special teams player of all-time and believe that he should be in the Hall of Fame.
The NFL Network ranked Tasker as #9 on the NFL Top 10 Players Not in the Hall of Fame List.
Drafted by the Houston Oilers out of Northwestern University in 1985, Tasker eventually landed with the Buffalo Bills in 1987 where he finished his career. Tasker was officially listed as a wide receiver; however, most of his playing time came as a gunner, on punts and kickoffs.
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Photo caption: Steve Tasker