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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Daryl Johnston

(Born on February 10, 1966) -- Every so often, Daryl Johnston has to come back to Western New York to be honored. Somehow, he probably doesn’t mind the trip.

Johnston has been called the best athlete in the history of Lewiston-Porter High School. He was named Western New York’s football player of the year in 1983.

From there it was on to Syracuse University. He moved into a starting role by the time he was a sophomore in 1986. Johnston was all-Big East in 1988 and All-American in 1989. That helped make him a second round draft choice of the Cowboys.

Johnston was a good fit with some great Dallas teams. He blocked for Emmitt Smith, was a good receiver out of the backfield, and a standout on special teams. Johnston retired after the 1999 season, and made a smooth transition into broadcasting.

Johnston now lives in Dallas. He had his uniform number retired at Lew-Port, and is a member of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.

--- 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.