"CBS Evening News" anchor and Tonawanda native Jeff Glor has taken over the role of the late Tim Russert as the No. 1 network news booster of the Buffalo Bills.
During an NFL Network appearance over the weekend, Glor might have been the only one in the nation to predict the Buffalo Bills’ 27-6 upset over the Minnesota Vikings. Glor's prediction of a 21-17 Bills win seemed to be the kind of optimistic call frequently made by Russert on NBC News programs.
And on Monday, Glor was behind the decision to have The Hurdle by Bills rookie quarterback Josh Allen over Minnesota linebacker Anthony Barr for a first down air during CBS’ 60 seconds of news headlines at the top of the newscast.
The woman voicing over the highlight said “defying expectations, the Bills leaped over the Vikings for their first win” as footage of Allen's leap aired.
— Jeff Glor (@jeffglor) September 25, 2018
The footage came at the end of the 60-second highlight segment that included news about the controversies surrounding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and the sentencing of Bill Cosby.
“I said in the morning meeting, ‘did you see that play!?” Glor explained in a text message. “But the guys who put together the headlines did all the work.”
Glor downplayed his influence.
“It certainly doesn’t hurt that I’m a Bills fan, but it was such a memorable play I bet it would have made it regardless,” he said. “I think I jumped and hit the ceiling when I watched it Sunday afternoon.”
The "CBS Evening News" wasn’t the only place The Hurdle got some national attention.
Slightly before 7 p.m. Tuesday, "SportsCenter" listed the Top 10 plays of the weekend in the NFL. Allen’s large leap was No. 1.
Allen wasn’t getting only love.
Part of the discussion on Allen Monday afternoon on ESPN’s afternoon program “Highly Questionable” was criticism of his three fumbles, all of which the Bills recovered.