By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist
Tony Greene – Signed by the Bills in 1971
There’s little doubt who the best free safety of the 1970s was for the Bills. In fact, there’s hardly any competition.
Tony Greene came out of the University of Maryland, but went undrafted in 1971. The Bills added him as a long shot free agent. But he beat the odds and made the roster that season, although he stayed on special teams. A year later Greene won a job as a starting cornerback as the Bills started their climb to respectability under Lou Saban.
Buffalo moved Greene to free safety in 1973, and he found a home there. In 1974, Greene had nine interceptions and was an All-Pro to help the Bills reach the playoffs. The 5-foot-10 defensive back returned an interception 101 yards for a touchdown in 1976 against the Chiefs to set a team record. He ended up staying with the Bills through 1979.
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