Sept. 6, 1992 – Sometimes good players just fall into your lap. Such was the case with James Lofton.
The gifted wide receiver had played well in stays in Green Bay and Oakland, but the Raiders put him on waivers in 1989. The Bills were ready to scoop him up, and install him as a starting wide receiver.
Lofton and Andre Reed became a dynamic combination. Lofton still had the world-class speed that allowed him to become an NCAA long jump champion, while Reed was a great possession receiver.
They paired up in three Super Bowls. Lofton’s best individual moment might have come on this day. A short pass reception gave him the NFL record for career pass receiving yardage. Lofton passed Seattle Seahawks' standout Steve Largent (13,089).
Lofton finished that season, his last in Buffalo, with 51 receptions. Both Reed and Lofton ended up in the Hall of Fame.
Budd Bailey is a retired sports reporter and editor at The Buffalo News. He is also the author of "Today in Buffalo Sports History." Learn more about the book here.
Story topics: This Day in Bills' History