By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist

Dave Foley – Signed by the Bills in 1972

Dave Foley’s timing couldn’t have been better when it came to the Bills. He arrived at the right time and the right place.

Foley had been an All-American at Ohio State and was part of the great 1968 national championship team there. That helped him become the New York Jets first-round pick in 1969, right after that team won the Super Bowl. Foley stayed for three seasons, but didn’t prove to be a great fit.

Just before the start of the 1972 season, Foley was put on waivers by the Jets – and the Bills grabbed him. New coach Lou Saban was putting together a new offense built around halfback O.J. Simpson, and needed as many good linemen as he could find. Foley was moved from right tackle to left tackle, and soon claimed a starting job.

You may know what happened from there. Foley was part of the famous “Electric Company,” the offensive line that “turned on the Juice.” He reached the Pro Bowl in 1973, a recognition of his role as Simpson ran for 2,003 yards – an NFL record. Foley stayed with the Bills through 1977, starting 79 of his 81 games in Buffalo.

His career on video:

(Follow Budd on Twitter @WDX2BB)

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.

Leave a Reply