By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist

Kelvin Sheppard of the Bills

Taken in Round 3 in 2011

Other picks in the round: Justin Houston (No. 70) has had a solid career with the Chiefs and Colts. DeMarco Murray (No. 71) ran for 1,845 yards for Dallas in 2014.

The details: The linebacker got off to a good start in Buffalo, earning a starting job in his rookie year and holding it for another season. Then he was traded to the Colts for Jerry Hughes, a deal that worked out well for the Bills. Sheppard played six more seasons in the NFL with four different teams.

Other 68s: Robert Hicks had a three-year NFL career as an offensive tackle, and was a starter for the Bills in 1999. Bill Stewart was a regular for the Sabres in 1978-79, but spent the next seven years bouncing between the NHL and the minors when a parent team need someone to fill in on defense. Bill finished his playing career in 1996 in Italy. Timo Jutila (1982) played 10 games with the Sabres in 1984-85 after coming over from Finland. Apparently that was enough; he went back to Europe and played through 1999.

They got away: The Bills took Larry Stallings in the ninth round in 1963, but lost him to the NFL’s St. Louis Cardinals. The linebacker was a regular for 14 seasons there. Bill Saul (1962) spent eight seasons in the NFL at middle linebacker.

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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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