Buffalo, N.Y. (WGR 550) - Former Buffalo Bills linebacker Cornelius Bennett and special teams star Steve Tasker have made the cut to the 25 modern-era semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2021.
Bennett, whose rights were acquired by the Bills on a Halloween night trade in 1987 from the Indianapolis Colts, played 14 seasons in the NFL, including his first nine with the Bills. He was elected to five Pro Bowls and named a First- or Second-Team All-Pro by various media outlets six times, including every year from 1988 though 1992, and again in 1994. He was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week seven different times, and played in five Super Bowls, including four with the Bills.
After his time with Buffalo, Bennett spent three years with the Atlanta Falcons, where he played in another Super Bowl, and two more seasons with the Indianapolis Colts.
This is Bennett’s first time making the cut as a semifinalist.
Tasker, claimed off waivers by the club in 1986 from the Houston Oilers, is widely regarded as the greatest special teams player in the history of the game. He went to seven Pro Bowls, earning MVP honors in the 1993 Pro Bowl in Hawaii. He was also a valuable reserve wide receiver for the Bills, catching 49 passes for 760 yards and nine touchdowns.
Tasker played for the Bills from 1986 through 1997, including all four Super Bowl appearances for the organization. He was named a First-Team All-Pro by multiple organizations seven times, including the 1987 season, then again every year from 1990 through 1995. He played a total of 14 NFL seasons with the Bills and Oilers.
This is Tasker’s eighth time making the cut as a semifinalist.
Tasker is currently serving as co-host of the radio show One Bills Live weekdays on WGR, as well as color analyst for Bills games on the Buffalo Bills Radio Network, filling in for Eric Wood who cannot be a part of the broadcast due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.
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