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Former Buffalo Bills In Super Bowl LVI

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Tragically, despite the best efforts of our beloved Buffalo Bills, we didn’t make it to the Super Bowl this season. The annals of history will show us losing in the Divisional round, and politely packing our things to head home for the offseason. I’ll admit, It’s hard to be happy at a time like this. However, if you’re a relentless optimist like me, here’s a bright side to look at: some of our boys made it. As we sit here on our couches and wish it was our team out there, know that these guys are. Once a Bill, always a Bill. These are the former Bills that made Super Bowl LVI.

L.A Rams

Robert Woods – WR (2013-2016)

The best of a terrible 2013 draft class, Robert Woods was a bright spot in the Buffalo Bills offense during his time here. Always a bridesmaid and never the bride, Woods was WR2 on the depth chart for his entire tenure in Buffalo. He didn’t get many opportunities, but when he got them, he made the most of them. Over four seasons, he racked up 203 receptions, 2,541 yards, and 12 touchdowns. Always a fan favorite, ‘Bobby Trees’ left Buffalo in a time of great turmoil. He can’t be faulted for taking the Rams’ offer in 2017, as a five-year, $34 million contract was as good as they came. He currently resides on the injury reserve after suffering an ACL tear mid-season.

Brandon Powell – WR (2021 Offseason)

Powell signed a one-year contract with the Bills on March 26th, 2021, hoping to make the roster in a suddenly-crowded receiver room. He had hopes as a returner, battling both Isaiah McKenzie and Marquez Stevenson. Speedy and small, he had a chance. Ultimately, he was cut on August 30th. He proved his ability in the regular season, taking a punt return to the house against the Minnesota Vikings.

Cincinnati Bengals

Quinton Spain – OL (2019-2020)

Quinton Spain is an interesting story. A solid player who earned his spot with the Titans after going undrafted in 2015. Four years later, he came to Buffalo on a prove-it deal. He worked for the starting guard spot and, when he got there, he dominated. Spain started every game, played every snap, committed only four penalties, and didn’t allow a sack. He seemed to be a lock, and was signed to a three-year, $15 million extension in 2020. Then, as the offense changed, issues arose. Spain was benched, and though he could have stayed and fought for his starting role, he requested a release instead. The team didn’t want to let him go, but they couldn’t keep him. He was released, and signed with the Bengals a week later.

Wyatt Ray – LB/DE (2019 Practice Squad)

Wyatt Ray was a physical player, but didn’t have much polish. He was brought in as an emergency piece during a stretch of the season in 2019, but was never activated. He was cut to make room for others later in the year, and the Bills went 10-6 before a Wild Card loss to the Houston Texans.

One of the owners The Sports Wave, and a Journalist at Buffalo Fanatics, I'm an English immigrant living in Canada. A huge Buffalo Bills fan, I also love my Boston Celtics, Toronto Blue Jays, and Queens Park Rangers.

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