Bills to Retire No. 78 Vs. Jets
The Buffalo Bills are set to honor one of their most influential players this season.
The Bills will retire Smith's number on Sept. 15 against the Jets, which is a Thursday night game. Smith played 19 seasons in his career, 15 of which came with the Bills before spending his last four years with the Washington Redskins.
Smith finished with 200 career sacks, 171 of which came in a Bills uniform.
Smith, along with Thurman Thomas and Jim Kelly, were the central figures in helping the Bills reach the Super Bowl for four consecutive seasons during the 1990s.
While the Bills never won the Super Bowl in Smith's tenure, their place in Super Bowl history was certainly etched.
Via the Bills on Twitter, Smith had this to say:
"Thank you to the Pegulas. They are leaving no stone unturned in reaching back into the rich history of the Buffalo Bills."
The Bills open up the season on the road at the Ravens, so this ceremony happens in Week 2.