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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Billy Joe Hobert

(Born January 8, 1971) -- Everyone who was a Buffalo Bills fan at the time remember the most famous episode in Billy Joe Hobert’s career. In fact, it might be one of the most infamous moments in team history.

Hobert had some credentials to be a good quarterback. He led Washington to a national championship in 1991, taking over when Mark Brunell was hurt. But he confessed to taking loans from family and friends while a Huskie, causing a major scandal.

Hobert went in the third round of the 1993 NFL draft to the Raiders. He was a backup quarterback there for four years, and then he was sent to the Bills in 1997.

Todd Collins was the starter, but in one game against New England he was hurt. Hobert came in as a replacement and was terrible. Right after the game, Hobert admitted he never expected to play and was completely unprepared to do so. That bit of honesty cost him his job, as the Bills released him.

Hobert eventually landed with the Saints, and finished his career with the Colts in 2001.

--- 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.