Darryl Talley will have his No. 90 retired by West Virginia when the Mountaineers host Texas Tech on Oct. 2 at Milan Puskar Stadium later this year.
Talley is probably best known to football fans outside of West Virginia as a member of the Buffalo Bills during the team’s run of four straight Super Bowls in the 1990s. Talley played 12 seasons as the Bills’ starting outside linebacker from 1983-94. He left Buffalo as the team’s all-time leading tackler with 1,137. He also had 38 1/2 sacks, 12 interceptions, 14 fumble recoveries and three touchdowns.
But, in Morgantown, Talley is every bit the legend, and he was genuinely touched by the announcement on Thursday.
Talley played four years in Morgantown and he left as the program’s leading tackler with 484 career tackles. The four-year starter led West Virginia to the 1981 Peach Bowl and the 1982 Gator Bowl.
Talley has a raft of honors as a collegiate and as a pro. With WVU, he was a consensus All-American, earned induction into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011, he is a member of WVU’s All-Time Football Team, and he was inducted into the WVU Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.
With the Bills, he is a member of the Bills Wall of Fame, one of the 26 members of the Bills’ 50th anniversary team and won the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Distinguished Service Award in 2000, which is named for the late Bills owner.
Talley’s No. 90 will join Sam Huff’s No. 75, Ira “Rat” Rodgers’ No. 21 and Bruce Bosley’s No. 77 as retired WVU football numbers. But Talley’s number won’t disappear immediately. Mountaineers sophomore defensive lineman Akheem Mesidor is wearing No. 90 right now, and he will continue to wear that number until he leaves the program. After that, the number will be retired permanently.
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