ONCE IN MY LIFETIME: A Buffalo Football Fantasy Brings Infamous Bills Super Bowl Kicker Scott Norwood Back to Buffalo
Twenty-seven years after Scott Norwood missed the final kick that lost the Buffalo Bills the Super Bowl by the narrowest margin in history, the infamous kicker returns to the Queen City to appear in ONCE IN MY LIFETIME: A Buffalo Football Fantasy, a new play celebrating the city's resilience, hope, and dedication to its team.
Scott Norwood, the kicker who embedded "wide right" into the national lexicon, returns to Buffalo, New York this Saturday to appear in a play about--what else?--the Bills winning the Super Bowl.
Everybody in Buffalo - and probably football fans everywhere - remember the infamous “wide right” field goal that sent the Bills home without a Super Bowl trophy in 1991. It was the start of a four-in-a-row series of Super Bowl losses that was followed by a 17-year playoff drought. And “wide right” still shoulders the burden for the losing streak even all these years later.
Probably nobody remembers “wide right” better than Scott Norwood, the 1991 Buffalo Bills kicker whose effort in the final seconds of the game birthed the now well-worn phrase. When Norwood returned to Buffalo after that ill-fated game, a crowd of well-wishing fans greeted him to show their love for both him and their team.
It speaks volumes about both Norwood’s character and his resilience that he’s returning to Buffalo to do the September 8 closing night cameo in ONCE IN MY LIFETIME: A Buffalo Football Fantasy. The show - which offers fans of theater, Buffalo, and the Bills, a chance to live out their dream - opened to sold-out houses on August 28, and has been the buzz of radio, television, social media, and print ever since. Everyone from WGR 550 SportsRadio's Paul Hamilton to the Bills Mafia don Del Reid are tweeting and talking about the show.
Buffalo Boys Productions’ Chris Braun, a Western New York ex-pat now living in San Jose, commissioned and produced the play. Once the show took off, he thought an appearance by Norwood would be the perfect way to end the run of what has been his own once-in-a-lifetime dream.
"Scott represents what Buffalonians really value: character, effort, and never-say-die attitude,” says Braun. “At first, I was apprehensive to pitch him on the idea because of the sensitivity and the legacy. I was pleasantly surprised when Scott said he'd like to help out.”
“The response has been amazing,” says Donna Hoke, award-winning playwright who wrote the ONCE IN MY LIFETIME, which is playing at Shea’s Smith Theatre in Buffalo, NY. “We have different guests every night, and we kept Norwood under wraps for a bit, but teased it...and when we finally revealed, jaws dropped. He’s still so beloved, and fans can’t wait to see him.”
Norwood joins the ranks of Bills Elvis, Pinto Ron, Paul Hamilton, Josh Reed, and more who have made or will make cameos during the run. He appears September 8 at the 7:30 show and will take the final curtain call with the cast.
For more information about the play, Scott Norwood’s appearance, or for tickets to a performance, contact
Chris Braun, Buffalo Boys Productions
Donna Hoke, playwright