Today we will look at those players in Bills History that have worn the number 9.
Over the years there has been 5 players that have worn and is wearing the number.
We start in 1978, at the end of his career he played two seasons with the Bills, QB Bill Munson. Munson came into to the league as the 7th overall pick in the 1964 draft. He played for 5 teams over his 16 year career.
The next player to wear the number 9 came about 12 years later when the Bills signed the former Buccaneer and World League of American Football Punter, Chris Mohr, in 1991. Mohr stayed with the Bills until 2000. He went on to sign with the Atlanta Falcons after that staying with them for 4 seasons. He was picked up by the Redskins in 2005 but was cut a few days later. Mohr did retire with the Bills after signing a one day contract in 2007.
Placekicker is the next position to wear the number 9. Jake Arians spent less than a full season in the league. He went undrafted in 2001 and was signed by the Bills to replace longtime kicker Steve Christie. Arians did not have a good year missing field goals and a missed extra point. It also didn’t help that he did not have kickoff responsibilities, Brian Moorman held those. With little productivity Arians was replaced by Shayne Graham and released before the end of the 2001 season.
Kicker Rian Lindell is the next on the list of 5 to wear the number 9 for the Bills. Lindell came to Buffalo from Seattle in 2003 replacing Mike Hollis. It was said that Lindell had the stronger leg of the two but was less accurate. Lindell stayed with the Bills until being released at the end of 2012. He was replaced by draftee Dustin Hopkins who ultimately was injured for the entire season. Lindell is still currently a free agent and played for the Buccaneers in 2013 for one season. He holds an 81.2% for field goals and has a long of 56 yards.
The most current Bills player to wear the number 9 is Thaddeus Lewis. Lewis has played in 7 games (6 with Buffalo and 1 with Detroit) and has an 82.2 QB rating. He came to the Bills in a trade from the Lions for LB Chris White right before the 2013 season. Lewis was called on in week 6 when EJ Manuel was down with a sprained knee. He went on to lose to the Bengals in overtime 27-24. He was called upon the following week against the Dolphins and was able to pull a victory out beating them 32-21. Lewis gained a second victory on the season during week 16 against the Dolphins again, shutting them out 19-0 and helping out by playing playoff spoiler for them. Lewis finished the season with a record of 2-3. He is currently listed as the number 2 QB on the roster behind EJ Manuel and in front of Jeff Tuel.