By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist
91. Chris Villarrial – Signed by the Bills in 2004
Only seven players have come out of Indiana (Pa.) to play in the National Football League. The Bills did better than anyone with their two players. One was Jim Haslett. The other was Chris Villarrial.
The latter first came into public view at the NFL combine in 1996, when he set a weight-lifting record. That convinced the Bears to take him in the fifth round of the draft, and Villarrial needed only a few weeks to claim a starting job. He kept it through 2003.
Bills head coach Mike Mularkey thought Villarrial would be a good fit at right guard, and quickly signed him. Mularkey was right. The Bills set a team record for fewest sacks allowed in a season with Villarrial holding down a starting spot. But he had ankle surgery during the 2006 season and missed several games. Villarrial was released in the spring of 2007. Upon his exit, the veteran called Buffalo “a special place for me.”
Now, here’s a video on part of his life after the Bills:
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