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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Big moment number two

   October 11, 1969 -- Preston Ridlehuber isn't exactly a common name in football circles. Yet he was involved in a couple of good-sized moments in his brief career.

   The first came in 1968. You might have heard of the "Heidi" game, in which NBC left a broadcast of the Jets-Raiders game in the final minutes to switch to a showing of "Heidi." The Raiders scored two touchdowns in the final, blacked-out moments to win the game as angry fans bombarded the NBC affiliate with complaining phone calls. NBC never tried that again. You guessed it -- Ridlehuber scored one of those touchdowns on a fumble recovery.

   Ridlehuber found himself on the Buffalo Bills roster the following season. He was one of the backups to O.J. Simpson, which usually is a great way to be anonymous.

   On this day in 1969, Ridlehuber threw a 45-yard halfback-option pass to Haven Moses with 5:02 left to give the Bills a 23-16 win over the Boston Patriots. The victory came before a record War Memorial Stadium crowd of 46,201. Simpson missed that game because of injury, but Wayne Patrick ran for 131 yards. Ridlehuber gained 25 yards on four carries, the only times he carried the ball all year.

   As for Preston, 1969 was his last year in pro football. Can you guess how many passes he threw in his entire NFL career? That's right, one.

--- Budd Bailey

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Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.

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