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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Harvey Johnson

     (Born June 22, 1919) -- Let's pay tribute to the idea of someone who is loyal to his employer, willing to do whatever was needed no matter what the consequences were.

     In other words, let's look at Harvey Johnson's career in football.

     Johnson was an original Bill, at least as a member of the team's coaching staff (defensive backfield) under Buster Ramsey in 1960. He moved to the front office as director of player personnel in 1962, and stayed there until 1968.

     Fate intervened then, as Johnson replaced Joel Collier as the Bills' coach early in the season. Buffalo went 1-10-1 that season, and Johnson was replaced by John Rauch. History repeated itself in 1971, when Rauch was fired in training camp. Johnson took over again on short notice, and the Bills finished 1-13.

     Johnson went back to scouting. In 1983, he was visiting his doctor when he had a heart attack and died at the age of 64.

--- 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.