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Steve Tasker

 
 
    • Won four gold medals while leading Leoti High to the 1980 Class 3A Track and Field State Championship
    • Considered one of the best special teams players in NFL history
    • Retired in 1997 and became a television football analyst for CBS
       
           
      Tasker, Steve
      Inducted 2005

      Born: April 10, 1962 – Smith Center, Kansas

      Graduated Leoti High School, 1981; Northwestern University, 1985

      Overview

      Widely regarded as the greatest special teams player in the history of the National Football League, Steven Jay Tasker of Leoti journeyed from small-town Kansas to the big-time spotlight of pro football.

      Career before the NFL

      Tasker was a standout athlete at Leoti High School and led the track and field team to the 1980 Class 3A state championship with three individual gold medals and a fourth as a member of the 400-meter relay team. He attended Dodge City Community College for one year before signing with Northwestern University.

      NFL Career

      Despite his size – 5-foot-9, 181 pounds – Tasker was a vital player for the Buffalo Bills during the team’s run of four consecutive Super Bowl appearances from 1991-94. He was selected by his peers and coaches in the American Football Conference to play in seven Pro Bowls as a special teams player and was named the Most Valuable Player in the 1993 game. In 2000, Tasker was named to the 26-player NFL All-Time Team. He was drafted in the ninth round of the 1985 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers, but was waived by the Oilers a year later. Tasker didn’t stay unemployed long. He joined the Buffalo Bills in 1986 and the rest is history.

      Post-NFL Career

      Following his retirement from the Bills in 1997, Tasker became a television football analyst for CBS. He was inducted into the Greater Buffalo Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame in 2007.