By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist

Mark Brammer of the Bills

Taken in Round 3 in 1980

Other picks in the round: Steve McMichael (No. 73) went to the Patriots at first, but found a home at defensive tackle for the Bears. He was part of the 1985 Chicago defense, one of the greatest in league history. Steve stayed in the NFL through 1994. Defensive back LeRoy Irvin (No. 70) and linebacker Cliff Odom (No. 72) both had long careers.

The details: Brammer split the tight end job with Reuben Gant in Mark’s rookie season, remembered as the year the Bills won the AFC East under Chuck Knox. Brammer was a good possession receiver during his career, which ran through 1984. He also was a friendly, willing interview subject – which is a way to help you be remembered.

Other 67s: Erik Portillo of Sweden (2019) played at the University of Michigan this past season, and remains a Sabres prospect. Glenn Alexander did some return and receiving work for the Bills in 1970.

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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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