By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist

Andre Reed of the Bills

Taken in Round 4 in 1985

Other picks in that round: Many players in the round had long and noteworthy careers, although Reed is the only one in the Hall of Fame. The list of players who took part in 150 NFL games included Pittsburgh center Dan Kirk, Chicago kicker Kevin Butler, Miami center Jeff Dellenbach, and Bills tackle Dale Hellestrae.

The details: This is one of the great scouting stories in Bills’ history. Elbert Dubenion was an excellent wide receiver for Buffalo in the 1960s, and he turned out to have a great eye for talent as a scout. He spotted Reed at Kutztown State, and convinced the Bills to draft him. Reed went on to play 16 seasons, 15 of them with the Bills. He broke many of Dubenion’s receiving records.

Other 86s: Edgar Chandler played five years with the Bills on some bad teams around 1970, and was a starting middle linebacker in 1970 and 1971. Kevin Everett’s football career was cut short in a horrific injury on a kickoff in 2007. Zack Moss was a helpful running back as a rookie in 2020.

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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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