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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: This didn't end well

      February 18, 1997 -- It almost hurts to bring up the name.

     The Bills were hoping to add a little depth to their quarterback position when they acquired Billy Joe Hobert from the Oakland Raiders for a third-round draft pick. Hobert had played in five games in the previous two seasons for the Raiders.

     The Bills hoped Hobert would compete with Todd Collins for the starting quarterback position.

     "I'm very excited about this opportunity," Hobert said to The News' Vic Carucci. "I really appreciate the Bills giving me this chance. I see this as the start of my career. This will be my fifth year coming up in the league and not one time have I had a legitimate chance of fighting for that starting position."

     Hobert had a record of 0-5 as a starter when he arrived in Buffalo. The Bills had liked him in college, and thought he was worth acquiring.

     Sadly, the quarterback is best remembered locally for admitting after a game against New England that he was unprepared to play when forced into the lineup because of an injury. The public outcry was loud, and the Bills released him as quickly as possible.

--- Budd Bailey

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