Former Buffalo Bill Harry Jacobs to be Inducted into Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame

By Jeff Sattora

Former Buffalo Bill Harry Jacobs will be a Hall of Famer later this month.  The former Bills linebacker will be  inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame in a few weeks time.

Jacobs played with the Bills from 1963-1969 and was a part of some strong defenses and teams in his days in Western New York.

Being inducted into the Hall of Fame, a place several of his former teammates have also been inducted, gave him a great sense of “team” once again.

“That’s the most invigorating feeling of the whole thing,” said Jacobs at the press conference announcing his induction.   “It means more to me because once again I’m a member of the team that’s being honored for what we did all those years. We knew it would take all of us. That’s how we felt and that’s the way we were.”

Jacobs, who called the defensive plays in the team’s huddle from his linebacker position,  ran Buffalo’s league-leading defense in its prime including the Bills’ AFL championship seasons of 1964 and 1965.

The ’65 defense led the league in points allowed per game (16.1) interceptions (32), and gave up a league-best four rushing touchdowns all season, as well as ending the season on a major high note, shutting out San Diego 23-0 in the championship game.

That defense also held opponents without a 100 yard rusher for seven straight games in 1964 and 1965.

It’s great to see a player from the era, the only championship era in Bills history,  be recognized so many years after his playing days.  For a player like that, who still has such strong and fond memories of his time in Buffalo it is awesome to see him enshrined where he will be a part of the town forever.

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