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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Lou Saban

(Born October 13, 1921) -- There‚Äôs not enough space on the Internet to fully cover the career of Lou Saban. It was quite a ride.

Saban played college football at Indiana and had a pro career with the Cleveland Browns. There he learned under Paul Brown, the most innovative coach in NFL history.

Saban coached in college for a while, and then landed with the Boston Patriots when the AFL opened for business in 1960. Then it was on to the Bills, where he became the head coach. Saban is well remembered as the man who led Buffalo to back-to-back AFL titles.

Saban shocked everyone by leaving for the University of Maryland in 1966, but after another stop in Denver he returned to Buffalo in 1972. Saban built a team around O.J. Simpson, who ran for a record 2,000 yards in 1973, and the Bills made the playoffs in 1974. But Saban resigned from the team in the middle of 1976.

Saban coached at Army and Miami (Fla.) after that, and he even served as the president of the New York Yankees in 1980. Saban died in 2009.

--- 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.