Andre Reed is convinced the Buffalo Bills made a grave mistake by issuing jersey number 32 to Senorise Perry. The Bills legend gives a reason as to what he did on the field as a player as to what happened in his personal life and the murder trial that gripped the country back in the 90’s.
During a recent interview, the hall of fame wide receiver explained why he thought the number should have remained off limits.
“I saw that on Instagram, I saw it on social media [that they gave away Simpson’s jersey number],” Reed said. “I just don’t think, regardless of what O.J. did [off the field], you just can’t take away what he did on the field — what he meant to the NFL. I think the Bills should keep that number retired.”
The number was never retired by the franchise, they just never issued it out, given it’s history with the team and what type of pressure it would bring a player who wore it.
“Nobody dared [to wear that number when I played]. If there was a 32 they turned it into a 23,” Reed said. “[There could never be] another O.J.”
For Perry, he didn’t choose the number because of Simpson, as he wore it in high school, college, but didn’t wear it with the Dolphins because it was already issued out.