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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Mike Mularkey

(Born November 19, 1961) -- National Football League head coaching jobs are few and far between. No wonder Mike Mularkey is remembered here for quitting one.

Mularkey paid his dues before reaching Buffalo. He played college football in the early 1980’s at Florida. The tight end moved on to the pros, and spent several years with the Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Then it was on to coaching. He started at a small college in 1993 and was back in the NFL a few years later. Mularkey worked his way up the ladder to offensive coordinator in Pittsburgh, and he was a hot coaching prospect when the Bills hired him in 2004.

After a slow start, the Bills rallied to finish 9-7 that season. But the team fell to 5-11 in 2005. After team president Tom Donahoe was let go, Mularkey eventually quit his job while citing disagreements with the direction of the organization.

Mularkey worked for the Dolphins and Falcons before landing a head coaching job with Jacksonville entering the 2012 season. Time will tell how that works out for him and the Jaguars.

--- 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.