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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Darryl Talley

     (Born July 10, 1960) -- Darryl Talley wasn't a flashy football player, and he didn't play in flashy places. But he played well enough to be remembered as a superb performer.

     Talley -- the cousin of the Yankees' Derek Jeter -- grew up in Cleveland, where he played fullback and linebacker in high school. From there it was on to college at West Virginia Univerity. He was an All-American in 1982.

     That got the attention of the Bills, who took him in the second round. He spent 12 seasons here and never missed a game.

     Talley became the Bills' all-time tackler during those years, and recovered 14 fumbles. He might not have been the team's biggest star, but he might have been the heart of the Bills' teams that reached four straight Super Bowls.

     His run in Buffalo ended in 1995, when he left to join the Falcons. Then the linebacker spent one year in Minnesota before retiring. Talley was voted to the Bills' 50th anniversary 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.