Bills fans eyes move from Cleveland to Canton,Ohio

One day after the Bills scrimmaged with the Browns in Cleveland two former Bills enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame in nearby Canton.

Joe DeLamielleure and James Lofton were enshrined to the Pro Football Hall of Fame today. They were joined by RB Marcus Allen, DE Elvin Bethea and coach Hank Stram to complete the 2003 class.

Joe DeLamielleure aka "Joe D" joined the Bills as the second of two first round draft picks in 1973 out of the Michigan State. He quickly established himself as one of the league's best and most versatile lineman. During his eight year reign with the Buffalo Bills, he made the Pro Bowl a remarkable five times. Not only that but DeLamielleure took part in NFL history, as he was one of the members that made up the famed "Electric Company" which paved the way to make OJ Simpson the first running back to rush for 2,000 yards in a single NFL season.

In his acceptence speech he joked "we couldn't pass block" when commenting on his days in Buffalo. In 1980, Joe was selected as right guard on the pro football writers' NFL Team of the Decade for the 1970s. That same year Joe D was traded to Cleveland where he played four seasons before returning to Buffalo to finish out his career in 1985.

James Lofton originally entered the NFL in 1978 as a 1st Round draft pick (sixth overall) with the Green Bay Packers. He spent his first nine seasons (1978-86) in Green Bay where he collected five seasons with over 1,000 yards receiving. He then moved on to play with the Raiders for two seasons.

In 1989, Lofton signed with Buffalo, where he spent the next four seasons (1989-92). It could be argued it was Lofton's arrival that allowed the Bills high scoring no huddle attack of the 1990s to accel. As his size and speed were the perfect compliment to the Bills WRs Andre Reed and Don Beebe in the team's popular 3 WRs, 1 RB, 1 TE set. As a Bill, Lofton made the Pro Bowl in 1991 when he had his best year with the team and amassed 57 catches for 1,072 yards and 8 TDs. During his tenure with the Bills, Lofton was part of three AFC Championship teams and played in three Super Bowls following the 1990, '91 and '92 seasons.

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