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This Day in Bills History, Nov. 8: Tasker comes to town

Nov. 8, 1986 – Newspapers often run a list of the day’s transactions in small print. Every so often, there’s a listing that seems minor but turns out to be major.

That was the case for the Bills on this day. Steve Tasker turned into one of the great acquisitions in team history. Jack Kemp's acquisition might have been a better midseason addition, but this one paid many dividends, too.

Tasker played college football at Dodge City Community College and Northwestern University. There he was a ninth-round draft choice of the Houston Oilers, and lasted a bit longer than a season.

When he moved to Buffalo, Tasker became one of the greatest special-team performers in the history of the NFL. He had several game-changing plays in his years in Buffalo. Tasker even caught a few passes along the way.

When his career was over, Tasker had played in seven Pro Bowls and saw his name placed on the Bills’ Wall 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.

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