Bills to retire Bruce Smith’s No. 78 jersey; just second retired number

Bruce Smith, left, will join former teammate Jim Kelly as the only players in Buffalo Bills history to have their numbers retired. AP Photo/Mike Groll
“On behalf of Terry and Kim Pegula and the entire Bills organization, we feel this is a tremendous opportunity to honor Bruce and his Hall of Fame career,” Bills president Russ Brandon said in a statement. “We believe it’s going to be a great night for Bruce, his family and Bills fans everywhere.”

Brandon said the case could be made of Smith being regarded as the NFL’s greatest player. He added that the plan to retiring Smith’s number was on his to-do list, and prompted by the Pegulas, who purchased the franchise from the estate of late Hall of Fame owner Ralph Wilson in 2014.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry not only won back-to-back league MVP awards, but he also can lay claim to the NBA’s best-selling jersey for the second straight season.

Curry’s jersey sold more than any other player’s during the 2015-16 regular season, according to sales on the NBA’s official online website.

Middle linebacker Luke Kuechly with five.

Miles doesn’t expect Newton to wear all six. Three will be set aside for members of the organization who might need a jersey for a charity event, as often occurs during Super Bowl week.

Three are set aside for game day, and Newton will only use all three if there’s rain.

Sources said the NBA’s planning committee is seeking comments from teams in advance of the April Board of Governors meeting. The committee will continue to meet with team feedback, which will determine if the proposal makes the April meeting agenda.

Under the league proposal, which must be approved by the Board of Governors in April to come to fruition, teams will be able to sell one corporate logo on their uniforms for the 2017-18 season. That would give teams a year to sell, and it would line up with the league’s new apparel deal with Nike.

Forget picking out a suit, and making sure all the travel plans and tickets are taken care of. Green has to convince his youngest granddaughter, Moriah, to wear his jersey that afternoon.

“Larry Fitzgerald is her favorite football player,” Green said. “She can’t even relate to the fact that I used to play.”

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