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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Donnie Green

     (Born July 12, 1948) -- Not all the stories of Buffalo's athletes are happy ones. Donnie Green is one such story.

     Green was always big. He checked in at 220 pounds in eighth grade. Green wound up in Purdue and became a fifth-round draft choice of the Bills in 1971.

     It was a good time to be an offensive lineman in Buffalo. Green worked his way into the starting lineup at right tackle, and helped O.J. Simpson run for more than 2,000 yards in 1973. He was part of the Electric Company, which turned loose the Juice.

     Green spent six years in all in Buffalo, and then moved on to Philadelphia and Detroit. That was it for football, and his life later took a turn for the worse.

     Green drifted from job to job, had two failed marriages, suffered from congestive heart failure, and used drugs. Eventually he ended up in a homeless shelter, and was still there at last report.

--- 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.