May 5, 1981 -- Terry Miller's career with the Buffalo Bills ended on this day. We're just not particularly sure about the particulars.
Miller was supposedly dealt by the Bills to the Cleveland Browns for a couple of draft choices. One of them was a seventh-round pick, which the Bills used to take kicker Gary Anderson. That would have been a good choice, had the Bills kept him at the end of training camp.
However, the records are cloudy about what else was involved in the transaction. What's more, Miller played for the Seattle Seahawks in 1981, sort of. So perhaps there were contingencies involved.
If you want to see a career unravel like the proverbial cheap suit, Miller is your man. He was second in the Heisman Trophy voting at Oklahoma State and went in the first round to Buffalo in 1978. The Bills were looking for a replacement for O.J. Simpson, who had been traded to San Francisco.
Miller gained 1,060 yards as a rookie, but slipped to 484 yards in year two, and 35 yards in year three. Miller carried the ball two times for four yards for the Seahawks, and then disappeared.
--- Budd Bailey