By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist
Tim Vogler – Signed by the Bills in 1979
It just didn’t seem fair. Just as Tim Vogler was getting the hang of the football business, he had to leave it.
Vogler came out of Ohio State in 1979 and signed with the Bills as an undrafted free agent. The offensive lineman did most of his work on special teams as Buffalo reached the playoffs in 1980 and 1981. For the first five seasons of his career, Vogler didn’t start a game. That’s a long time to wait.
Finally in 1985, Vogler did start two games. Then in 1986, he started 14 games, and could call himself a regular in the NFL. Vogler mostly stayed in that role through 1988, when he hurt his knee on Opening Day. The lineman went to injured reserve for a while and played through the injury, but eventually the pain was too much. Vogler was done for the season in early December, and had a complicated procedure on his knee to try to fix it. He never played a game. Even so, a 10-year career for an undrafted player is worth remembering.
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