Bills give 32 to Senorise Perry

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O.J. is free. And so is his number, after 42 years.

According to Tim Graham of TheAthletic.com, the Bills have finally given out the number of former running back O.J. Simpson, who went on to do some other stuff after football but who can really remember.

For the first time since 1977, the Bills have decided to let others wear Simpson’s number, with Senorise Perry drawing jersey number 32.

Whatever they do is fine with me,” Simpson said. “That’s how I feel. When I played there, I tried to honor the team. Since I left, I always tried to honor the Bills.

“And, to be honest, it’s not something I think about. There’s too much else going on in life.”

On one hand, wearing the number of a Hall of Famer creates a high expectation. Then there’s that whole double-murder trial thing which led to a finding of civil liability and subsequent jail stint for armed robbery, but Perry seemed focused on the football.

“I thought it was retired,” Perry said, “but then I was told it was available. Boom, I took it.

“I know the situation. I know that greatness comes with that number, playing in Buffalo. But I’m willing to take anything that comes my way. I’m going into my sixth year, and I know what it takes to get in this league and stay here. With that number on my back, I know I’m doing well for my family.”

The Bills have only retired three numbers (Jim Kelly’s 12, Bruce Smith’s 78, and Thurman Thomas’ 34), any many assumed Simpson’s was locked up for good, until now.

The only shame is that the Bills didn’t sign quarterback Chad Kelly this offseason, just so Perry could have caught a ride with a slow white Bronco while he’s there.

22 responses to “Bills give 32 to Senorise Perry

  1. O.J. is too busy looking for the killer to be concerned with stuff like this.

  2. Geeze its a number what does it really matter? OJ is ancient history at this point and the Bills could never have predicted the person he turned into after he stopped playing.

  3. 8th grade bully says:
    May 21, 2019 at 9:02 am
    Greatest player in their history is the murderer, what an inept franchise
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    A serious case of BDS (Bills Derangement Syndrome)

  4. The only shame is that the Bills didn’t sign quarterback Chad Kelly this offseason, just so Perry could have caught a ride with a slow white Bronco while he’s there.
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    I see what you did there.

  5. If Ralph Wilson was alive, that number wouldn’t have been given out.
    Kinda like George Steinbrenner.
    While George was alive, the number zero was not issued, despite players asking for it.
    Now that he’s dead, zero was given to pitcher Adam Ottavino.

  6. “Since I left, I always tried to honor the Bills.”

    Is he kidding with that statement???

    No matter anyway. This guy Perry will probably get cut before he even plays in a game.

  7. It’s a shame they never retired the number of Jack Kemp (15), who was their star QB during their AFL glory days.

  8. 8th grade bully says:
    May 21, 2019 at 9:02 am
    Greatest player in their history is the murderer, what an inept franchise

    Bruce is by far the Bill’s greatest player and as far is being inept the Bill’s had the best win total in the 90s only behind San Francisco, 4 in a row to the big game ain’t bad, infact it’s never been duplicated

  9. The number, 32, should have been retired by the Bills a long time ago. One of the best RB’s in NFL history and made the Bills a contender every week. Actions after retirement and off the field don’t change those.

  10. No number should ever be retired in any sport. You run out sooner or later and besides, someone else might be as good or better in it.

  11. I suspect that most of the OJ bashers here are too young to have ever seen him play. I did. And let me say that he was one of the best RBs the league has ever seen. His combination of strength, speed and power has rarely been matched since. What happened after he left football doesn’t change what he was on the field.

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