(Born October 19, 1963) -- Careers in professional sports sometimes can be a little sloppy in terms of location. Jim Dombrowski’s days in the arena were nice and neat.
Dombrowski was born here in Western New York and played high school football at Williamsville South. He was good, really good. So the offensive lineman was off to Virginia.
Dombrowski is still remembered as one of the best student-athletes in Virginia’s history. He was a consensus All-American in 1985, and won numerous honors in his career. The lineman’s uniform number was retired by Virginia.
The New Orleans Saints took notice. He was their first-round draft choice in 1986, going sixth overall. He moved into the starting lineup after a year, and didn’t leave. Dombrowski spent 11 seasons and is considered one of the Saints’ all-time best offensive lineman.
Dombrowski is a financial planner in Louisiana. He’s a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, and of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.
--- Budd Bailey