The number used in Buffalo by the hall of Hall of Fame became the famous suspect of double murder and eventually became convicted on indirect charges related to O.J. Simpson has been reissued, decades after Simpson used it for the last time. The decision to give Simpson's number to runner Senorise Perry was not answered by current players, according to coach Sean McDermott.
"I'd say if you polled most of the players, they probably would not even realize it, honestly," McDermott told reporters on Tuesday. "But we do speak it as a leadership group."
McDermott explained that the number has returned for a very simple reason: Perry wanted it.
"It's something we talked about when it was mentioned by [Senorise] "Perry and we know it was a number that was important to him and his family, so we felt we would fulfill that request," McDermott said. "We definitely veto it and talk about it."
The Bills have only three numbers removed: No. 12 for Jim Kelly, No. 34 for Thurman Thomas and No. 78 for Bruce Smith.