ORCHARD PARK —
Former Bills kicker Scott Norwood was honored with the 26th annual Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Distinguished Service Award during a break in the first half of Buffalo’s 27-11 loss to the New York Jets on Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
“The connections are long and deep here and just tremendous feeling to be back among everybody,” said Norwood, who returned to Buffalo to watch his first Bills game since his retirement.
Norwood, who played for the Bills from 1985 until 1991, was welcomed with a standing ovation when he was acknowledged in the first quarter. He’s the 31st recipient of the award, which recognizes past players for their contributions both on and off the field.
“I guess that the basis of my visit here is not so much for the football part of my career,” he said prior to kickoff. “I see the award more as a result of my service to the community. My work with Camp Good Days, Special Times and some other things were a little ancillary for a football player, but are an important part of the position.”
Norwood, though, played an integral part of the Bills’ success on the field before being succeeded by Steve Christie. Norwood set a franchise record for most field goals in a single season with 32 in 1988, the same year he earned his lone Pro Bowl selection.
“For what I have to give, I think I performed and maybe exceeded what I could do,” he said. “I led the league in scoring (129 in 1988), made Pro Bowls and did other things of that nature. I was supported, of course, by a great team and franchise.”
The Bills have managed to recover from poor starts this season, but were not able to get back on track after what was a disaster of a first half offensively. Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 4 of 12 passes for 24 yards, two interceptions and a 2.8 passer rating through the first two quarters.