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Former Bills player Mark Pike dies at 57

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Mark Pike and Darryl Talley celebrate with Jamie Mueller after Mueller's game-winning TD reception against the Jets on Oct. 21, 1990.Buffalo Bills
Mark Pike and Darryl Talley celebrate with Jamie Mueller after Mueller’s game-winning TD reception against the Jets on Oct. 21, 1990.Buffalo Bills

Former Buffalo Bills special teams player Mark Pike died Wednesday following a battle with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was 57.

Pike, who played both defensive end and linebacker, competed in 173 career games (one start) with the Bills. He recorded 41 tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery since being selected by Buffalo in the seventh round of the 1986 NFL Draft.

“He was a big man who played special teams which was a matchup nightmare for our opponents,” former teammate Steve Tasker said. “He was a unique specimen. His ability to run and play special teams with his versatility was unbelievable.”

Pike recently attended the Bills’ home game against the Houston Texans on Oct. 3. He served as the club’s Crucial Catch honoree, which is the NFL’s program to fight cancer through early detection and risk reduction.

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Pike is survived by his wife, Sharon, their two sons, Ezekiel and Malachi, and their daughter, Kramer.

–Field Level Media