By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist

No. 64: April 22, 1980The Bills trade Bob Chandler to Oakland for Phil Villapiano.

Most football fans remember Bob Chandler, and the reasons are many. He played college ball at Southern California, so he was on television a lot. Chandler was a mere seventh-round pick of the Bills in 1971, but he beat the odds to make the roster and move into the starting lineup after a year’s apprenticeship. He stayed through 1979, a classic possession receiver who piled up some good numbers for some good and some bad Bills’ teams.

Then Chandler got traded closer to his California home, as the Bills sent him to Oakland for veteran linebacker Phil Villapiano. The deal received plenty of attention at the time, because the names were so well known in football circles. Villapiano had been a starter with Oakland for most of the last nine seasons.

Interestingly, both players didn’t contribute that much for their new teams. Chandler did catch four passes in the Super Bowl to help the Raiders capture the NFL championship in his first year, but suffered a serious injury in 1982 and retired after that season. Villapiano never started a game with the Bills, but was on the roster for four seasons.

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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has been involved in almost every aspect of the local sports scene for the last 40 years. He worked for WEBR Radio, the Buffalo Sabres' public relations department and The Buffalo News during that time. In that time he covered virtually every aspect of the area's sports world, from high schools to the Bills and Sabres and everything in between. Along the way, Budd served as a play-by-play announcer for the Bisons, an analyst for the Stallions, and a talk-show host. He won the National Lacrosse League's Tom Borrelli Award as the media personality of the year in 2011, and was a finalist for that same award in 2017. Budd's seventh and eighth books, one on the Transcontinental Railroad and the other about Ichiro Suzuki, are scheduled to be released in the fall.

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