By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist
Curtis Brown of the Bills
Taken in Round 3 in 1977
Other picks in that round: It was a good round for running backs, as Wendell Tyler, Terdell Middleton and Rob Carpenter were selected. Tony Hill was an explosive wide receiver for the Cowboys.
The details: Brown arrived just in time to see O.J. Simpson play his last year with the Bills. Simpson’s trade opened up some playing time for Brown, a 5-foot-10, 203-pound fireplug of a runner. He had three straight seasons where he ran for more than 500 yards. Curtis finished his career in Houston in 1983.
Other 59s: Eugene Marve had a similar career to Brown, but at a different position. He spent six seasons in Buffalo, and was a starter for four of them. Unluckily for him, Eugene played on some bad teams in the mid-1980s. Ondrej Steine was a third-round pick of the Sabres in 1992. He has played a lot of hockey since then, but all of it was an ocean away in Europe.
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