Buffalo Bill RB trivia. In 1969 our staring RB (OJ) and his backup (Mini Max Anderson) were both hurt. So in comes 3rd stringer Preston Ridlehuber.
Ridlehuber's NFL career had been undistinguished until that game except for one shining special teams moment when he recovered a fumble and returned it for the winning TD for the Raiders at the end of the infamous Heidi Bowl.
The Bills need just a couple yards for the first. Head Coach John Rauch, making use of Ridlehuber's background as a college QB, draws a play in the dirt with Ridlehuber throwing a short pass to the TE to keep the drive alive. Instead Ridlehuber heaves long for a streaking Haven Moses who scores a game-wining 45 yard TD. Rauch grumpily tells him, "Be glad it worked."
Ridlehuber usually wore #37 but was wearing #31 on that play because his regular jersey had ripped off earlier in the game. The Bills unofficially retired #31 to honor backup players who embody the "spirit of the franchise." #31 wasn't worn again until the 1990s.
Edited by hondo in seattle, 21 March 2017 - 01:08 PM.