Sunday, November 7, 2010

Bear Down Sunday #8

The Chicago Bears are 4-3 and face the 0-7 Buffalo Bills.  The Bears have looked bad in their last few games.  The Bills have been looking better in their last couple games.
Today's game in Toronto, could come down to a field goal.  Therefore, I am feauring Tom Dempsey, formerly of the Bills and still co-holder of the record for the longest field goal ever at 63 yards.  Dempsey played for 5 other teams before finishing his career with two seaons in Buffalo.  It was in 1970, when Dempsey was with the New Orleans Saints, that he kicked the record-setting field goal. 
Dempsey's accomplishment is even more impressive considering he was born with a damaged arm and no toes on his kicking foot.  Neither prevented him from having a fine NFL career.  According to former Chicago Bears great Doug Buffone, Dempsey was also one of the toughest players.
I asked Dempsey about his kick and about Buffone's comment.  Dempsey downplayed both.  He felt his style as a straight on style of kicking was his secret to success.  He also felt he was just a regular player, but just the same, that meant he had to be tough, too.  Dempsey was very friendly and polite.  It was a real pleasure meeting him.
Tom Dempsey and me in Oaks, PA-October 2009.

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