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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Feeling Draned

     June 5, 1984 -- Let's have a moment of silence, please, for the United States Football Lague. It might have come up a lot in the coming months if Donald Trump, a USFL owner, had run for President of the United States.

     Trump was one of the owners and led the move from spring football to fall football, which many think ultimately doomed the USFL to oblivion. One of the best parts of a new league's demise, if you are a fan of an existing team, is when the pieces of the old league are passed around.

     In this case, the USFL supplemental draft was held on this day. Consider yourself a football historian if you can name the first person selected. It was Steve Young, by Tampa Bay. Three of the first four picks were Hall of Famers; Gary Zimmerman and Reggie White were pretty good too.

     In the first round, the Bills picked up defensive back Dwight Drane. He proved helpful. Darryl Hart and Don Corbin were taken in rounds two and three, and were less helpful. By the way, in the third round, the Jets took someone named Turner Gill. Wonder what happened to him?

     Buffalo's big pick-ups from the USFL came through another route, as Jim Kelly and Kent Hill signed with the team.

--- 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.