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Bruce, Darryl, Burroughs

Bills greats Bruce Smith and Darryl Talley visited the Lane College football team Saturday in Tennessee. Lane is coached by former Bill Derrick Burroughs. Both Smith and Burroughs were first-round picks of the Bills in 1985.

"Derrick is like a brother to us," Talley told the Jackson Sun.

"We had that common bond of being first-round draft picks and the obligations and expectations that came along with that," Smith said of he and Burroughs. "I would rather have my worst enemy playing alongside me that is dedicated ... than my best friend who cuts corners and goofs off. At the end of the day you want to win, and if somebody is hindering that, then they shouldn't be in the game."

Burroughs' career ended prematurely in 1989 just as he was starting to excel at cornerback for the Bills. He was forced into retirement due to a narrowing of the spinal column. His departure from the team was costly during the Bills' Super Bowl run, because Buffalo never had a corner as good as Burroughs to start opposite Nate Odomes.

---Mark Gaughan


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