By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist

No. 73: September 3, 1960The Bills trade Al Crow to Boston for Wray Carlton.

Al Crow holds a rather obscure place in Bills’ history, but an important one. He came out of William and Mary in 1955, and was a 28th-round draft choice of the New York Giants. There’s no record that he ever played a down in the NFL. But apparently he loved football, because he tried out for the new Buffalo Bills in 1960.

Shortly after the Bills played the Boston Patriots in a preseason game, Crow was traded to the Patriots. Apparently Boston coach Lou Saban liked something he saw out of Crow that day. The price tag was a running back by Wray Carlton. It turned out Carlton was a bargain. He was a reliable player in the Bills’ backfield for most of the next eight seasons, and was part of two championship teams.

As for Crow, he played in three games for Boston – and then was done with football. But no one can say he left without making a little piece of football history. The Crow for Carlton deal was the first swap in the history of the American Football League.

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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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