Why Eric’s Templates Should Be on the Wall of Fame at Buffalo Bills

The most famous Buffalo Bills were the great bands of the late ’80s and early ’90s.

The team went to four consecutive Super Bowls between 1990-1993, and although they didn’t win one of them, no other team in NFL history had ever gone to four consecutive Super Bowls.

I’m a Bills fan in my early thirties. I was alive when the Bills went to most of those Super Bowls, but I wasn’t close enough to watch or remember them. I started watching the Bills (every game) during the 2000 season, and yes, that was the first year of the Bills drought.

My first living football memory was Home Run Throwback in Tennessee at the 1999 AFC Wild Card Game, so I couldn’t have been born at a worse time to be a Bills fan.

But I still loved the bills during the 17-year drought. Many remember the likes of Ryan Fitzpatrick, Stevie Johnson, and Fred Jackson, but I also remember watching those teams in the early 2000s.

One of the Bills players who ran in at the end of the ’90s and beginning of the drought was wide receiver, Eric Molds.

The casts were drafted in the first round of the 1996 NFL Draft from Mississippi State by Bills.

The briquettes were used as a return in his first two seasons with limited success at the wide receiver, but he broke out in 1998 with Doug Flotty.

In 1998, the blocks picked up 67 passes for over 1,300 yards and nine touchdowns. He led the NFL in yards per catch for those many goals and second in the NFL in total receiving yards.

Mold went on to pick up 94 passes in 2000, 67 in 2001 and 100 in 2002. He also had 88 passes for over 1,000 yards in 2004 with Drew Bledsoe and company.

He went to three Pro Bowls and two All-Pro picks for the second team (1998 and 2002). He finished his career with the Houston Texans in 2006 and the Tennessee Titans in 2007. He earned 764 passes for less than 10,000 yards and 49 touchdowns.

Why are there no templates on the Wall of Fame bills?

No, he did not have the career of Andre Reid, but he is far from second in the list of career receptions (675). The next closest is Thurman Thomas at 456. Molds are also far and away second in total receiving yards with 9,096.

He was one of the top five wide receivers in the NFL for what is likely six seasons, from 1998-2004. If Molds played in the NFL today, not only would he have better numbers than he did from 1996-2007, he would be a future celebrity. Yes, I am serious. The templates were good.

He could be the most underrated wide receiver in the NFL era. He dominated the quarterback, especially when this minor star faced off in Miami with Sam Madison, Patrick Sertin and Brooke Marion.

Phil Hansen on the Wall of Fame. Nothing against Hansen, he was very good for a long time at Buffalo, but was not much appreciated at defensive ends in the NFL during the ’90s, as Molds was in the NFL during the late ’90s and early 2000s.

I’ve played with mostly losing teams and the likes of Doug Flutty, Rob Johnson, Alex Van Pelt, Drew Bledsoe and JB Luzman, but Eric Molds has to be on the wall of celebrity bills.

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