Buffalo Bills News: Steve Tasker among semifinalists for 2024 Hall of Fame

Steve Tasker, Buffalo Bills
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The Buffalo Bills teams from the early 1990s was one of the best in NFL history and have had a number of players from that team be elected into the Hall of Fame. This group includes Jim Kelly, Andre Reed, Thurman Thomas, Bruce Smith, and Marv Levy.

However, one key member of that 1990s team has for some reason been overlooked each year. That might change this year though as Steve Tasker was among a group of 31 players who advanced in voting for Senior and Coaches/Contributors categories for the 2024 Hall of Fame class.

Buffalo Bills' Steve Tasker was one of the best special teams players in NFL history

One of the most commonly used phrases by coaches is how the game of football is three phrases with offense, defense and special teams. However, the special teams part is typically not recognized by the Hall of Fame and Tasker's omission from that is a perfect example.

Steve Tasker was claimed off waivers by the Buffalo Bills during the 1986 season after he was released by the Houston Oilers. He would play 12 seasons in Western New York. He was a member of the team each year they went to the Super Bowl and would be selected to seven Pro Bowls during that time.

He also is the only player in NFL history to be named MVP in a Pro Bowl game as a special teams player. Tasker would win the award in the 1993 Pro Bowl after he made four tackles, force a fumble and block a field goal attempt.

There will be another round of voting at the end of the July to cut the seniors and coach/contributor categories down to 12 before a final vote where three Seniors and one coach/contributor could be selected for the 2024 class.