Injuries cut short the NFL career of Lake Dawson but the newest member of the Buffalo Bills front office had a strong day at The Ralph during his rookie season with the Kansas City Chiefs. And he'll have no trouble envisioning how Bills success can invigorate the hometown fan base.
Dawson caught six passes for 74 yards against the Bills on Oct. 30, 1994, his fourth-best day in terms of yardage during a career that lasted four seasons. Dawson's best day as a pro came in that year's season finale, when he caught five balls for 101 yards and a touchdown against Houston.
NFL fans with encyclopedic memories might also recall that Dawson scored the only touchdown for the Chiefs in their 10-7 playoff loss to Indianapolis on Jan. 7, 1996. The points came on a 20-yard pass from Steve Bono.
Dawson, the Bills new assistant director of college scouting, will be looking for better results this time through Buffalo. That 1994 game against the Bills may have been memorable on a personal level but the end result - Buffalo 44, Kansas City 10 - muted individual glory.
Bills quarterback Jim Kelly completed 14 of 22 throws for 184 yards and four touchdowns with two of the scores going to Andre Reed.
Dawson was targeted 12 times in the game. Five of his receptions came on throws from Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana. The other was on a pass from backup Bono.