Bills honor ex-kicker Norwood during first quarter vs. Jets

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Former Buffalo Bills kicker Scott Norwood was honored with the 26th annual Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Distinguished Service Award during a break in the first quarter of Sunday's game against the New York Jets.

Norwood is the 31st former player selected for the award, which honors past players for their contributions to the team both on and off the field.

Norwood kicked for the Bills from 1985 to 1991, and played in 108 games during that span. It was his first time back to Buffalo to watch a Bills game since his retirement.

Norwood's most-remembered kick was in Super Bowl XXV, a 47-yarder that sailed wide right as time expired in the Bills' 20-19 loss to the New York Giants.

"It feels terrific to be back," said Norwood, who received a nice ovation when he was announced to the sellout crowd. "It's been nice to see some old teammates and old friends who I haven't seen in many years. The connections are long and deep here."

Norwood set a franchise record for most field goals in a season with 32 in 1988, a mark that later was broken by Steve Christie in 1998 (33). Norwood's 670 career points ranks third on the Bills' all-time list.

In 1988, Norwood earned his only trip to the Pro Bowl after leading the league in scoring with 129 points.

"It is a time of reflection," he said. "For what I had to give, I think I performed, and maybe exceeded perhaps, what I could do. I was supported by a great team. I didn't do it alone. I did the best I could in all situations, and handled myself as best I could."

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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