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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Kemp arrives

   Sept. 25, 1962 -- Today marks the anniversary of one of the great stories in Buffalo Bills' history.

   The San Diego Chargers had a very good quarterback on their roster. The problem was that he had a finger injury and was out of action. So to create a roster space, they tried to sneak him through waivers.

   However, someone in the Bills' organization noticed the name of Jack Kemp on the waiver wire. Kemp had led the Chargers to a pair of AFL title games in the first two years of the league .The Bills spent the best $100 in their history to claim Kemp.

   As you know, Kemp led the Bills to two AFL championships, and he ended up playing in half of the AFL's 10 championship games. Kemp won the league's Most Valuable Player award in 1965. He had few problems adjusting to life after football, serving in Congress and as a Cabinet member and running for Vice President in 1996. He died earlier this year.

   Sometimes it pays to pay attention.

--- Budd Bailey

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