By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist
Rodney Bellinger of the Bills
Taken in Round 3 in 1984
Other pick in the round: Terry Hoage went to the Saints at No. 68. He was the last defensive back taken before Bellinger, and spent 12 years with several teams during a fine career.
The details: Bellinger came out of Miami (Fla.), where he was a cornerback for the Hurricanes’ national championship team in 1983. Rodney’s career never had much traction in the pros. He finished with 42 games played with the Bills, starting 11 of them.
Other 77s: Leonard Burton, an offensive lineman, was taken by the Bills in 1986. He spent four seasons as a backup, only starting seven games. Mike Pandolfo was the No. 77 choice in the 1998 draft by the Sabres. He attended Boston University for four years and then was traded to Columbus in 2002 as part of an exchange in draft choice. Mike played three games for the Blue Jackets.
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