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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Sam Rogers

     (Born May 30, 1970) -- Sam Rogers probably was thrilled to be drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 1994. After all, the team had been to the Super Bowl for the previous four years. He must have figured he was joining a dynasty.

     Oops. Rogers came out of Colorado, and was taken by the Bills late in the second round. By the way, Western New York native Vaughn Parker was selected by the San Diego Chargers in the choice before Rogers.

     The linebacker needed some time to work his way into the starting lineup. He didn't get a start in his rookie season, in which the Bills went 7-9. Then he got eight starts in 1995, when the Bills won the AFC East.

     Then Rogers moved into status as a full-time starter. He spent five years as a regular, and made 228 tackles in 101 games as a Bill.

     But leaving town didn't work out so well. He landed in San Diego in 2001, but didn't start a game. Rogers' career had a bit of revival in Atlanta in 2002, as he finished with 6.5 sacks, but saw little action in 2003 and was done with football.

--- Budd Bailey

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