Buffalo Bills to retire Bruce Smith's No. 78 at home opener

FILE -- This is a Sept. 8, 1996, file photo showing Buffalo Bills defensive end Bruce Smith (78) celebrating a sack of New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe as Bills linebacker Mark Maddox, rear, applauds, during the third quarter of their NFL game at Rich Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y. The Bills will retire Bruce Smith's No. 78 at the home opener this fall. The team announced Wednesday, May 11, 2016, that the Hall of Fame defensive end be honored with a jersey retirement ceremony to take place in during halftime of the Bills' prime-time game against the New York Jets on Sept. 15. (AP Photo/Kevin Higley, File)
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills will retire Bruce Smith's No. 78 at the home opener this fall.

The team announced Wednesday that the Hall of Fame defensive end be honored with a jersey retirement ceremony to take place in during halftime of the Bills' prime-time game against the New York Jets on Sept. 15.

Smith holds the NFL record with 200 career sacks, with 171 of them coming during his 15 seasons in Buffalo. He was the NFL's defensive player of the year in 1990 and `96. He was a member of the team that had four consecutive Super Bowl losses in the early 90s.

Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly's No. 12 is the only other jersey retired by the Bills.

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