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This Day in Buffalo Sports History<br> June 28, 1983 -- Reggie's departure

This trade by the Buffalo Bills hurt a little bit. The Bills sent offensive guard Reggie McKenzie to the Seattle Seahawks for a draft choice. That completed McKenzie's 11-year stay in Buffalo, which had some great moments.

McKenzie was a cornerstone of the Electric Company, the offensive line that "turned on the Juice (O.J. Simpson)." He was a second-round draft choice out of Michigan, and moved right into the starting lineup.

McKenzie was a big reason why Simpson went past the 2,000-yard mark in 1973. Interestingly, McKenzie probably received the most publicity of any member of that unit, even though Joe DeLamielleure was the best player of the group. But Reggie was a friendly face to the media, which loved to have him talk on camera. His warm personality came across nicely, and that helped him break the mold of anonymous offensive linemen.

McKenzie spent two seasons in Seattle, and retired after the 1984 season. He may have been a Seahawk at the end, but he'll always be remembered as a Buffalo Bill.

-- Budd Bailey

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