By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist

Mike Stratton of the Bills

Taken in Round 13 in 1962

Other Pick in that Round: Nick Buoniconti went to Boston at No. 102, and ended up in the Hall of Fame for his play with the Patriots and Dolphins.

The details: The linebacker from Tennessee needed little time to become a standout for the Bills. Mike played 11 seasons in Buffalo, finishing his career as part of the Chargers in 1973. Stratton played on two AFL championship teams, and is best remember for a savage hit on Keith Lincoln of San Diego in the 1964 title game in War Memorial Stadium. Mike was selected for six straight AFL All-Star Games and was a first-team all-league pick three times.

Other 100s: Half of the career of safety Da’Norris Searcy was spent with the Bills. He later played with Tennessee and Carolina. Bob Logan could never stay on the Sabres roster in the 1980s.

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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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