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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: J.P. Losman

     (Born on March 12, 1981) -- The football career of J.P. Losman hasn't quite worked out the way anyone planned ... particularly the Buffalo Bills.

     Losman was a top high school quarterback from California who originally enrolled at UCLA. When that didn't work out, he transferred to Tulane. Losman started his last two years there and saw his professional stock rise as the NFL draft approach.

     The Bills noticed, and traded up in the first round to get Losman as their "quarterback of the future."

     "This guy's a leader," Bills' general manager Tom Donahoe said. "We think he's got a heck of an arm and he's a good athlete. He's a quarterback who can move around and throw the ball on the move."

     Losman moved into the starting lineup at times in 2005, and had a decent year in 2006 (19 touchdowns). But he lost his job to Trent Edwards in 2007, and left Buffalo after the 2008 season.

     Since then, Losman has played for Oakland, Seattle and Miami. His window for NFL success has just about closed.

--- Budd Bailey

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