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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Butch Byrd

(Born September 20, 1941) -  Did Butch Byrd return everyone of his interceptions for a touchdown while playing for the Bills?

Actually, no. He had 35 that he didn’t return for a score. But five did go for six points, as one of Buffalo’s best-ever cornerbacks was dangerous when he got the ball.

Byrd played college football at Boston University, where he ran the football, caught passes, and returned punts and kicks. He was a fourth round draft pick of the Bills in 1964, and broke right into the lineup as a rookie.

Byrd started all 14 games as a first-year player, and had seven interceptions. His addition helped a defense that led the Bills to an AFL championship that season. It was more of the same in 1965 - 14 starts, five interceptions, one championship.

Byrd stayed with the Bills through 1970. He made five All-Star Games, and was named to the AFL’s all-time second all-star team. Then he finished his career in Denver.

Byrd went on to a long career as a loan officer before retirement. He came back to Buffalo to be inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.

--- 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.