By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist
Don Beebe of the Bills
Taken in Round 3 in 1989
Other picks in that round: A couple of centers lead the way in games played: Mark Stepnoski of the Cowboys and Jerry Fontenot of the Bears. The Oilers took Bubba McDowell in that round. Bills’ fans remember his interception return for a touchdown that gave Houston a 35-3 lead during their playoff game. You might say the game turned around after that.
The details: Beebe isn’t the only NFL player to come out of Chadron State – merely the best and the fastest. Don was a fine wide receiver through the Bills’ Super Bowl run of the 1990s, finishing with 164 career receptions here. Beebe moved on to Carolina and Green Bay to finish his nine-year career.
Other 82s: Not too many fullbacks that weigh 254 pounds earn the nickname of “Speedy,” but that was what friends called Robert Neal. Speedy spent one season with the Bills (1984). Defenseman John Adams, taken by the Sabres in 2002, somehow played for 10 minor-league teams in three leagues during a four-year pro career.
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