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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Chris Kelsay

(Born October 31, 1979) -- You’d expect an big all-state lineman from Auburn, Nebraska, to play college football at Nebraska. And that’s exactly what Chris Kelsay did.

The defensive lineman was an all-state selection as a senior, as he made 142 tackles with 14 sacks. By the way, he averaged 16 points per game as a basketball that same year.

Kelsay was a force at defensive end for the Cornhuskers. He was good in the classroom too, as he was inducted as a member of the NCAA scholar-athlete Hall of Fame in 2002.

The Bills pondered taking him in the first round of the NFL draft in 2003, but decided instead to take Willis McGahee instead. As it turned out, Kelsay was still available for Buffalo in the second round, and the Bills didn’t waste time taking him.

Kelsay been a member of the Bills’ defense ever since, contributing right from the start. He has mostly played defensive end, but he did some work at outside linebacker when Buffalo switched to a 3-4 defense for a while.

--- Budd Bailey

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