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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Rian Lindell

(Born January 20, 1977) -- Sometimes kickers have been known to bounce around the National Football League, as a couple of bad weeks can send them to the unemployment line. Rian Lindell has been the exception to the rule.

Lindell grew up in Vancouver, Washington, and was a college kicker for Washington State. There he played with future first-round pick Ryan Leaf. Lindell wasn’t picked in the 2000 NFL draft, so he started making the rounds.

After an initial stop with the Cowboys (no game action), Lindell landed with Seattle in 2003. He stayed three seasons, and then was a free agent. The Bills were losing Mike Hollis to free agent, and thought Lindell would be a good replacement. He was known for his strong leg.

Lindell just finished a full decade with the team. He only made 70 percent of his field goals in his first season, but that was his worst such season with the Bills. In 2007, he set the team record for consecutive field goals.

Lindell signed a four-year contract with the Bills last year around this time. Nothing is for certain in the NFL, but it looks like he’s found a home.

--- 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.