Scott Norwood is the 31st former Bills player to receive the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Distinguished Service Award, which honors past players for their contributions to the franchise on and off the field.
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It’s been 20 years since Scott Norwood has visited Ralph Wilson Stadium and the way the media greeted him before Sunday’s game, it was as if he never left.
“It’s been a while since I was besieged in this manner,” said Norwood, who played in 108 games for the Buffalo Bills from 1985 to ’91. “It feels terrific to be back.”
Norwood was honored with the 26th annual Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Distinguished Service Award, the 31st former player selected for the award, which honors past players for their contributions to the franchise on and off the field.
“I didn’t do it alone. I do remember that. I think coming back into this setting is definitely a time to look back,” said Norwood, who connected on 72.3 percent of his field goals (133 for 184) in his career. “It’s not something many of us do in our normal lives. We are pretty set toward what is going on that particular day or the next week. It is a time of reflection. For what I had to give, I think I performed and maybe exceeded what I could do.”
Norwood set a Bills record for most field goals in a season with 32 in 1988, a mark that was broken by Steve Christie in 1998 (33). His 670 career points ranks third on the Bills’ career scoring list.
“Kickers have come in since and have continued to take it notches up, which is great to see,” Norwood said. “I saw that firsthand when Stevie Christie came in. I certainly had acknowledged he was a great kicker at that time and I could see the reason they moved forward without me.”
Norwood was named to the Pro Bowl and earned All Pro in 1988 but is best remembered for missing a 47-yard field goal at the end of Super Bowl XXV in January 1991 against the New York Giants.
“I led the league in scoring, made Pro Bowls and did other things of that nature,” he said. “I was supported of course by a great team and franchise.”
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