1 - Steve Christie opens up on time with Bills
The Bills all-time leading scorer, Steve Christie, opened up about his time with the Bills after playing with the team from 1992-2000. Christie sat down and spoke with Lyndsey D’Arcangelo of The Athletic about his post-NFL life, how he ended up in Buffalo and the biggest kicks of his career.
Christie remembers getting off the plane in Buffalo and about “1,500 Scott Norwood fans protesting his arrival.”
Right away he respected the loyalty Bills fans had. Christie has multiple memorable kicks including the record-breaking 54-yard kick in Super Bowl XXVIII and the game-winning kick against the Houston Oilers in the 1993 AFC wild card game.
“The Houston game was crazy,” Christie told D’Arcangelo. “Especially at halftime where a lot of us in the locker room were like, ‘Man, we are being embarrassed at home. Let’s just get something on the board and get back in this game so it doesn’t look so bad.’
That was kind of the attitude. And then of course Frank (Reich) goes out there and throws a pick-six and we all kind of looked at each other like, ‘OK, that’s not what we had in mind.’ But for whatever reason that just ignited something in us. And sure enough, it happened.”
Christie went six years with the Bills without missing an extra point, five of which were consecutive. Christie also converted at least 70 percent of his kicks every year with the Bills. He grew up just outside Buffalo in Hamilton, Ontario and credits the areas weather to his kicking consistency.
2 - Harrison Phillips impressed by Josh Allen's athleticism
Harrison Phillips and Josh Allen competed in the Wrangler Celebrity Charity Shootout against other NFL players and coaches during Super Bowl week in Atlanta. The winner of tournament gave $10,000 to a charity of their choice.
Phillips “played” to the best of his abilities and used the strength he is known for to crush the ball. He finished with 99 points, his own number coincidentally. While playing he was being asked questions by former Colts punter Pat McAfee.
“I don’t think any of us knew how good of a dual-threat guy he would be,” Phillips said of his teammate Josh Allen.
During Allen’s turn he admitted to not knowing how successful he would be at running and passing. Allen did offer thoughts on his rookie season.
“A lot of ups and downs. I suffered a little injury, and that kind of gave me a chance to step back and breathe a little bit and see things from a different perspective. I learned a lot and had a lot of fun,” Allen told McAfee.
Allen’s only goal for the golf competition was to beat Phillips and he did with a score of 260. Allen won the whole tournament and donated the money to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, the same charity he supported during the 'My Cause My Cleats' campaign Week 13 of the season.