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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Glenn Bass

     (Born April 12, 1939) -- The Buffalo Bills won back to back championships in the American Football League in 1964-65. Two of the reasons why were their wide receivers. Elbert Dubenion is the better-known of the two pass catchers, but partner Glenn Bass could go get the ball as well.

     Bass played college football at East Carolina. He was drafted in the fifth round by the NFL's Cardinals and in the 23rd round by the AFL's Chargers in 1961. Bass ended up, though, on the Bills' roster.

     He fit right in as a wide receiver and punt returner on the second Bills' team in history. Bass caught 50 passes, a career high, for 765 yards.

     The receiver caught 32 more passes in 1962, averaging 17.3 yards per catch that season. Injuries limited his output in 1963, but he was ready to go when the Bills were ready to start winning.

     Bass caught 43 passes in 1964 for 897 yards, an average of 20.9 yards per catch. That included a 94-yarder against Houston. Injuries restricted Bass to only four games in 1965.

     The North Carolina native played one more year with the Bills in 1966, but only made 10 catches as injuries had cost him a few steps. He finished his career with the Oilers over the next two seasons.

--- Budd Bailey

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