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Bills announce Steve Christie as Legend of the Game for Cowboys week


The Buffalo Bills have announced that former placekicker Steve Christie will be the Legend of the Game for the Bills' 4:25 p.m. matchup against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

Christie, who is the Bills' all-time scoring leader with 1,011 points, is excited to return to Buffalo.

"It's a great family atmosphere. The mix of people there is really, really cool. The food in Buffalo, there's so many things," Christie said. "My youngest daughter moved back to East Aurora recently that should tell you how much we think of Buffalo."

Christie, who grew up in Ontario, was with the Bills from 1992-2001, enjoying a 14-season career in the NFL. He was a crucial part of the Bills famous 32-point comeback win over the Houston Oilers, recovering his own onside kick attempt before later kicking the winning 32-yard field goal in overtime to complete the largest postseason comeback in NFL history.

Christie also owns the longest field goal ever made in Super Bowl history, hitting a 54-yarder in Super Bowl XXVIII.

As the Cowboys leave the dome of AT&T Stadium and head towards the windy conditions of Highmark Stadium, Christie noted just how difficult kicking in Orchard Park can be.

"There were games where we'd go for an extra point into the scoreboard end and the flags would be blowing in both directions," Christie said. "When kickers would come in from Los Angeles or Miami or wherever, especially later in the year, we just watched the other kickers warm up and say, yeah, they're gonna have fun today."

After retiring, Christie worked for The Score Television Network and also did color commentary for the University at Buffalo football team on WECK radio.

Additionally, Christie works as a private coach for high school and college kickers in Florida. As a friend of Sean McDermott's and fellow alumnus of William and Mary, Christie was invited to the Bills minicamp last season.

"Sean McDermott and I and [Joe] Brady, we all went to the same school, which I have tremendous pride to say that I know these guys because of college," Christie said. "There's a really cool bond with William and Mary football players because there's not that many of us out there."

Christie, who studied fine arts in college, is frequently commissioned for paintings, capturing everything from sailboats to more abstract depictions. Christie would find escape in art while he was handling the stress of kicking in the NFL.

"It was very therapeutic at the time because the pressures of the NFL, you can ask Tyler [Bass], the pressures of being a kicker in the NFL because of the uniqueness of the job," Christie said. "I do think you need an outlet, or I certainly needed an outlet to get my mind off the field and art for me was a great way to do that."

Scroll to see photos from the Buffalo Bills youth football clinic with Fred Jackson held in Welland, Ontario on December 10th, 2023.

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