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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Ill-fated choice

   April 28, 1981 -- The Buffalo Bills had the 23rd pick in the first round of the NFL draft. They opted to trade down when the Oakland Raiders called.

   The Bills picked up an extra third-round in 1982 in order for the Raiders to jump up five spots. Oakland took guard Curt Marsh of Washington.

   Then the Bills took fullback Booker Moore of Penn State when their turn came up on the clock. It would be fair to say the Bills were rather unlucky with that choice.

    Moore was diagnosed with a mild case of Guillain-Barre syndrome shortly after he was drafted. That involves a weakness in the nervous system, and can be life-threatening.

   Moore missed all of the 1981 campaign, and only had 16 carries in the strike-shortened 1982 season. His best season came in 1983, when he ran for 275 yards, but he contributed little in two seasons after that and was soon out of football.

   Moore became a sheriff's deputy in Michigan, and died of a heart attack at the age of 50 in 2009.

--- Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

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.