On January 27, 1991, just ten days after Operation Desert Storm kicked off, the Buffalo Bills and New York Giants met in a historic Super Bowl XXV. Still, to this day, it's the only Super Bowl to have been decided by a single point.
Buffalo Bills kicker Scott Norwood visualized the game coming down to a last second kick. He told reporters leading up to the game, "It could happen. And should that situation arise, I won't have to hope or wish. I know that I'll be able to put it through."
Days later, with 73,813 in attendance in the old Tampa Stadium and an estimated 79.51 million viewers watching around the world, Norwood's moment was about to happen. The Giants led the Bills 20-19 late in the 4th quarter. Quarterback Jim Kelly led the Bills on a potential game-winning 61-yard drive. With seconds remaining, Buffalo had the ball at the 30-yard line, and Norwood ran onto the field for a 47-yard field goal.
The ball was snapped, the kick was off, bulbs flashing throughout the stadium, and it was wide-right!
The New York Giants celebrated their second Super Bowl Championship, and the Buffalo Bills would lose their first of four consecutive Super Bowls.
Norwood walked off the field desponded, but what he did when he returned to the locker room defined who he was. Most of us want to escape and be to ourselves when we have a "wide-right" moment. Some deflect. Others avoid anyone at all costs. Norwood sat there and fielded questions from reporters for nearly an hour and was accountable for his kick. Even when a coach asked if he would like to have the reporters leave, Norwood said he owed it to the fans of Buffalo to answer some questions.
James Lane Allen once said, "Adversity does not build character; it reveals it."
Norwood played one more season with Buffalo and secured the Bills bid for a second Super Bowl a year later with a field goal to put Buffalo up 10-0 over the Miami Dolphins in the AFC Championship game. Buffalo would go on to win 10-7.
"The biggest thing about that kick," says Norwood, "was not how it impacted me, but how it let the team down. But I had prepared as well as I could. I had done the best I could. I could look at myself in the mirror."