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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Max Anderson

     (Born on June 6, 1945) -- No one has to tell Max Anderson the important of timing.

     Max was coming off a fine football career at Arizona State when he was drafted by the Bills in the fifth round for the 1968 season. Anderson was only 5-foot-8 and 180 pounds. Still, he overcame the odds and made the Bills roster.

     As rookie seasons go, Anderson didn't have a bad one. He ran for 525 yards, and caught 22 passes for 140 yards. He also returned 39 kicks that year, and took one of them back 100 yards for a touchdown.

     Anderson became something of a crowd favorite, earning the nickname "Mini Max." Besides, there wasn't much to cheer in an otherwise dreary season for Buffalo (1-12-1).

     The reward for that poor season came after the campaign, when they earned the top overall draft choice. Luckily for the Bills but sadly for Anderson, a pretty good halfback was available in O.J. Simpson.

     Anderson only carried the ball 13 times in 1969, and that was it for his career.

--- Budd Bailey

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