The Buffalo Bills of the early 1990s might not have won a Super Bowl, but what they did walk away with was arguably even more important – lifelong friendships.
ESPN’s Chris Berman witnessed the dynamic of that unique team firsthand. He is among many interviewed in the upcoming 30 for 30 “Four Falls of Buffalo” (Saturday, Dec. 12, 9:30 p.m., immediately following the Heisman Trophy presentation on ESPN), which looks at the Bills franchise’s four straight trips to the Super Bowl.
Berman gave Front Row some additional insight on that group of guys and what it was like to cover them.
On what was special about the Buffalo Bills’ four Super Bowl teams:
More than anything else, the fact that they could get up off the floor, time after time, and say ‘We don’t care, we’re gonna work even harder, we believe in ourselves even more, we’re having a good time doing it and we don’t care what anybody says.’
As time goes on, you see that it’s almost impossible to get back to one [Super Bowl], especially when you’ve lost one. When you’ve lost three and go back again? That speaks to a work ethic, a camaraderie, a professionalism, and a joie de vivre — in whatever order you want — of a unique team. And because the rules changed soon thereafter with free agency, etc., they’re truly the last of an era.
On covering the Buffalo Bills’ Super Bowl teams:
For whatever reason, I wasn’t a media member, I was a friend. And whether they were right or wrong in allowing me in, these are still – [former Bills quarterback] Jim Kelly right on through – some of my best friends. . . I was honored to see it firsthand. . .Had they won the first one, they would have been at least 2-2 in the Super Bowls.
On ESPN’s 30 for 30 series:
Film in and film out, 30 for 30 is as good a project as we have here. I learn something from them all the time, and this is all stuff that happened while I was on the job. I find it fascinating every time I can sit down and watch one.
Allison Stoneberg contributed to this post.
Editor’s Note: In the film excerpt below, Bills kicker Scott Norwood’s famous “wide right” missed field goal at the end of Super Bowl XXV is discussed. Berman is among those offering analysis. If the video below does not play on your device, click here.