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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History; Ted Washington -- April 13, 1968

Two rules came into play concerning Ted Washington: You didn't try to run up the middle against him, and you didn't have him over for dinner when he missed lunch.

Washington was the massive nose tackle who might have been one of the best players the Bills have ever had at the position. They caught him right in the prime of his career, too.

Washington grew up in Tampa and was a state wrestling champion in the unlimited division in high school. From there it was on to college, where he was a defensive lineman at Louisville.

He spent his first three years with San Francisco, which took him in the first round of the NFL draft. Washington had trouble cracking the lineup but played on some good 49ers teams. He was traded to Denver for the 1994 season.

Buffalo signed him as a free agent in 1995, and he was a great fit next to Bruce Smith on the Bills' defensive line. Washington made two Pro Bowls as he became a Bills' fixture through 2000.

Washington then bounced to the Bears, to the Patriots (where he won a Super Bowl), to the Raiders, and to the Browns. He weighed 375 pounds in his final season of 2007.

-- Budd Bailey

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