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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Hank Bullough

(Born January 24, 1934) -- Hank Bullough is mostly remembered in Western New York for his losing record as the Bills’ head coach. It’s too bad that his time here in that capacity wiped out the memory of a long career in football.

Bullough was born in Scranton, Penn., and went to Michigan State. There he was a starting guard for the Spartans. Bullough was a starting guard for Michigan State when it won the 1952 Rose Bowl.

After a short playing career with the Green Bay Packers, he turned to coaching at his alma mater. Bullough spent 11 years there before landing in Baltimore as an assistant with the Colts. He moved to the Patriots in the 1970s, and is credited with helping to bring the 3-4 defense to the NFL.

Bullough moved to the Bengals, and turned up in Buffalo as defensive coordinator in 1985. Buffalo gave him the head coaching job when Kay Stephenson was fired. But it was a difficult spot, and the Bills went 2-12 in the rest of that season. Buffalo started 1986 by going 2-7, and that was enough – Marv Levy came in as a replacement.

It was back to the Packers as defensive coordinator for four seasons in 1988, and finished up his coaching career in Detroit in 1993.

---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.