Why Eric Moulds Should Be On The Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame
The most famous Buffalo Bills teams are the great teams of the late '80s and early '90s.
The team went to four consecutive Super Bowls between 1990-1993, and while they never won one of them, no other team in NFL history has ever gone to four straight Super Bowls.
I'm a Bills fan in my early 30's. I was alive when the Bills went to most of those Super Bowls, but I was nowhere near old 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 vivid football memory was Home Run Throwback in Tennessee in the 1999 AFC Wild Card Game, so I couldn't have possibly been born at a worse time to be a Bills fan.
But I still loved the Bills during the 17-year playoff drought. Many remember the likes of Ryan Fitzpatrick, Stevie Johnson and Fred Jackson, but I also remember watching those early 2000s teams.
One of the Bills players who spanned the end of the '90s and the start of the drought was wide receiver, Eric Moulds.
Moulds was drafted in the first round of the 1996 NFL Draft out of Mississippi State by the Bills.
Moulds was used as a returner in his first two seasons with limited success at wide receiver, but he broke out in 1998 with Doug Flutie.
In 1998, Moulds caught 67 passes for over 1,300 yards and nine touchdowns. He led the NFL in yards per catch for that many targets and second in the NFL in total receiving yards.
Moulds went on to catch 94 passes in 2000, 67 in 2001 and 100 in 2002. He also caught 88 passes for over 1,000 yards in 2004 with Drew Bledsoe and company.
He went to three Pro Bowls and two second-team All-Pro selections (1998 and 2002). He finished his career with the Houston Texans in 2006 and the Tennessee Titans in 2007. Moulds caught 764 passes for just under 10,000 career receiving yards and 49 touchdowns.
Why isn't Moulds on the Bills Wall of Fame?
No, he didn't have the career of Andre Reed, but he is far and away number two on the Bills career receptions list (675). The next closest is Thurman Thomas at 456. Moulds also is far and away number two 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 Moulds had played in today's NFL, he would not only have even better numbers than his did from 1996-2007, he would be a future hall-of-famer. Yes, I'm serious. Moulds was that good.
He could be the most underrated wide receiver of that NFL era. He dominated cornerbacks, especially when going up against that stellar secondary in Miami with Sam Madison, Patrick Surtain and Brock Marion.
Phil Hansen is on the Wall of Fame. Nothing against Hansen, he was very good for a long time in Buffalo, but he was not as highly regarded in defensive ends in the NFL during the '90s, as Moulds was in the NFL during the late '90s and early 2000s.
I get he played with mostly losing teams and the likes of Doug Flutie, Rob Johnson, Alex Van Pelt, Drew Bledsoe and J.P. Losman, but Eric Moulds should be on the Bills Wall of Fame.