By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist

Travis Henry of the Bills

Taken in Round 2 in 2001

Other picks in that round: The group started with the selection of Drew Brees. The just-retired quarterback will be headed to Canton for a Hall of Fame induction soon. Center Dominic Raiola played more than 200 games in the NFL, all with the Detroit Lions.

The details: The Bills had used a committee approach to running back in 2000, featuring Shawn Bryson, Antowain Smith and Sammy Morris. That didn’t work too well, so Buffalo grabbed Henry in the hopes he could become the featured running back. He soon grabbed a starting job as a rookie and led the team in rushing. Henry ran for more than 1,300 yards in his next two seasons.  However, he lost his starting job and demanded a trade. Travis ended up in Tennessee, where he had one more big season in 2006 (1,211 yards) before finishing his career in 2007 in Denver. Henry has had some personal issues along the way, including drug-related problems that resulted in prison time.

Other 58s: Travares Tillman was a backup safety for two years after the Bills drafted him in 2001. He filled that same role for five more seasons with Carolina and Miami.

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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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