Bills players had no reaction to No. 32 being re-issued

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The number worn in Buffalo by Hall of Fame running back turned notorious double-murder suspect turned eventual convict on indirectly-related charges O.J. Simpson has been reissued, decades after Simpson last wore it. The decision to give Simpson’s number to running back Senorise Perry was met with no reaction by the current players, according to coach Sean McDermott.

“I would say if you polled most of the players they probably wouldn’t even realize it, honestly,” McDermott told reporters on Tuesday. “But we did talk about it as a leadership group for sure.”

McDermott explained that the number is back for a very simple reason: Perry wanted it.

“It’s something we did talk about when it was brought up by [Senorise] Perry and we know it was a number that was important to him and his family, and so we felt like we would honor that request,” McDermott said. “We definitely vetted it out and talked about it.”

The Bills have only three retired numbers: No. 12 for Jim Kelly, No. 34 for Thurman Thomas, and No. 78 for Bruce Smith.

26 responses to “Bills players had no reaction to No. 32 being re-issued

  1. Well it really is not worth it but back then before all of heck breaking loose for him, it did. But now, it is just another number.
    Speaking of retiring numbers, Andre Reed needs to be next.

  2. No. Andre Reed does not need his number retired. The ones retired are sufficient.
    Not for nothing but OJ the football player was spectacular. The man… a different story. I have always felt the two should be differentiated when recognition of ON FIELD accomplishments are concerned.

  3. It sad that a person that was so beloved by Bills fans ended up the way he did. The saddest thing is what he did to his victims and their families. Unfortunately fans will be reminded of this tragedy every time they see that Bills #32 on the field. Way to go Juice.

  4. That number has been inactive longer than anyone on the team has been alive. All the current players only know O.J. through You Tube highlights. Who would expect them to have any kind of reaction?

  5. Seeing the #32 back on the field won’t remind me of Simpson… OJ destroyed his football image the moment he committed the crime, So the only thing I associate Simpson with is the murder. Perry can build his own legacy with the #32. I’m glad someone brought the number back to life.

  6. No one’s number in any sport should be retired. Besides some prime numbers being unavailable, a different person may make a big name for himself, and just by wearing it, announcers will mention it and keep the retired players name alive. Many are just forgotten or vaguely remembered by fans not born when they played, which is probably more than half of Simpsons fans.

  7. Idiotic decision on part of the Bills and just another small proof of why they’re such a ridiculous organization. Perry being more than willing to dawn that number in Buffalo doesn’t say much about his general intelligence either.

  8. The “alleged double killer” will b whining bout his # being reissued shortly, u watch…

  9. as the juice was at the height of his popularity during the infamous white bronco ride for all the wrong reasons and then well it all kinda went down hill pretty fast didn’t it ….. thus not surprised today’s players who are not really students of the games history and frankly most were probably not even born when the trial n all went down ….. but sadly the proud city of buffalo will always remember …… but hey just choose to remember the good things that happened on the field and not the bad stuff that happened off it.

  10. As a child OJ Simpson, Larry Brown and Chuck Foreman were my heroes! They were NFL superstars. You cannot take the 70s away. They are etched in history. OJ is a murderer, that cannot be forgiven. Out of respect to the families of those murdered- the number should not be available and should not be retired.

  11. At first blush, I was surprised the number had not been retired, but then felt that the number, if it had been retired, should have been reinstated anyway. I’m now more or less ambivalent about this, except to say that I think it should retired or used, but I’m not sure.

  12. No. Andre Reed does not need his number retired. The ones retired are sufficient.
    Not for nothing but OJ the football player was spectacular. The man… a different story. I have always felt the two should be differentiated when recognition of ON FIELD accomplishments are concerned.

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    Sort of like Pete Rose not being a Hall of Famer?

  13. It isn’t as if he asked for OJ’s number. 32 has been Perry’s number throughout college.

  14. So if someone wants 12, 34, or 78 you must honor that as well.

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    Well….no. Theres a difference between officially and unofficially retired. The difference is, those 3 numbers were actually retired. The Bills have several unofficially retired numbers in 44, 66 and 83 along with the 32. And yes, these numbers are occasionally assigned when requested such as Lee Evans requesting 83 when he was drafted by the team. And others, such as 15, were requested so often, the team just added it back into general use.

  15. #32 …. Should have been retired. One of the greatest running backs in league history. Gave his all on the field. Bills never lost a game because of him. He made them contenders week in and week out.

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