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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Dusty Zeigler

(Born September 27, 1973) -- Fame in the National Football League can be fleeting. Ask Dusty Zeigler.

Zeigler was drafted by the Bills in the sixth round in 1996 after a good career at Notre Dame. He spent his first season, watching and learning like most rookies.

Then he became the answer to a trivia question - who was the Bills’ starting center after Kent Hull. Zeigler spent three years as a starter on the Buffalo offensive line. He moved to right guard in his final year.

Then free agency called, and Zeigler jumped to the New York Giants. In his first year with the Giants, he reached the Super Bowl. New York lost that game to Baltimore. Zeigler started all 16 games in 2001 as well.

Then he lost his starting job, and was out of football at the end of 2002. Since retiring, Zeigler has dabbled in local politics a bit in Georgia.

--- 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.