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Steve Tasker
Position(s)
Wide receiver / Running back / Gunner
Jersey #(s)
89
Born April 10, 1962 (1962-04-10) (age 47)
Smith Center, Kansas
Career information
Year(s) 19851997
NFL Draft 1985 / Round: 9 / Pick: 226
College Northwestern
Professional teams
Career stats
Receptions 51
Receiving Yards 779
Touchdowns 9
Stats at NFL.com
Career highlights and awards

Steven Jay Tasker (born April 10, 1962 in Smith Center, Kansas) is a broadcaster for CBS Sports, who previously was a wide receiver/gunner in the National Football League. He was drafted in the ninth round (226th overall) of the 1985 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers. He played college football at Northwestern. He began his college career at Dodge City Community College.

Tasker also played for the Buffalo Bills and was voted by Bills fans to the teams 50th season All-time Team.[1]

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College career

Tasker first attended Dodge City Community College. After two years, he transferred to Northwestern University where he played the final two years of his college career before joining the National Football League.

Professional career

Tasker was selected in the ninth round (226th overall) of the 1985 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers where he only played for two seasons. He was claimed off waivers by the Buffalo Bills on November 8, 1986.[2]

Tasker was officially listed as a wide receiver, however, most of his playing time came at gunner, on punts and kickoffs. However, after he joined the Buffalo Bills, he began to play at wide receiver more than with the Oilers.

Play as gunner

Tasker stands just 5' 9" tall and weighed 183 lbs., however, despite his lack of size, he gained a reputation as one of the league's most feared hitters, forcing numerous fumbles. Contributing to his success in breaking up kick and punt returns was his speed; he was almost always the first player to reach the return man. He was the first player to establish himself as a star almost exclusively through special teams play without being either a kicker or a returner.

Tasker played in seven Pro Bowls (1987 and 1990-1995) as a special teamer and was named the game's MVP in 1993.

Many, including former teammate and Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, consider him to be the greatest special teams player of all-time and believe that he should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was even ranked #9 on the NFL Network's NFL Top 10 Players Not in the Hall of Fame.

After football

Tasker is currently a color commentator for CBS football telecasts as well as play-by-play for the local broadcasts of Bills pre-season games, working alongside his former coach, Marv Levy, who also did color commentary until becoming the General Manager of the Bills in 2006. In 2007, Ray Bentley took over Levy's place as play-by-play announcer while Tasker provided color commentary. Tasker is also the spokesperson for the West Herr Auto Group.

On September 9, 2007, Tasker became the 24th person inducted to the Bills Wall of Fame.[3]

Trivia

ESPN sportscaster Chris Berman gave Tasker one of his famous nicknames: Steve "A Tisker a" Tasker.

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