Important Dates in Bills History, presented by M&T Bank, helps fans recognize what’s important. In the NFL, honoring top talent is important and on Jan. 9, 1991 Bills defensive end Bruce Smith received a prestigious award from the Associated Press for his effort during the 1990 campaign.
Throughout his 19-year tenure playing in the NFL, Smith was no stranger to recognition. From 1985 when he was drafted to the Bills, Smith made an immediate impact on defense. However, the 1990 season proved to be an exceptionally inspired one for Smith. Racking up 19.0 sacks and 101 tackles, Smith was downright dominant.
Without question, Smith’s iconic play in 1990 helped propel Buffalo to the franchise’s first of four consecutive Super Bowl appearances. Wreaking havoc on opposing offenses, Smith made his presence known in each game that he took the field. Two of Smith’s most memorable performances that season came in Weeks 13 and 14 where he was named the AFC Player of the Week. Over the course of those two games, Smith compiled six sacks. He’s unrelenting play also earned him the AFC Player of the Month title for the month of December.
In addition to a being named AP’s NFL Player of the Year, Smith was also receive Pro Bowl honors for the fourth year in a row. His impressive football resume was hard to compete with and because of that Smith was further recognized by being named the NFL MVP by National Sports Daily and the AFC Defensive Player of the Year by United Press International.