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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Marcus Stroud

     (Born June 25, 1978) -- Defensive tackles in the National Football League are supposed to be big Ñ big enough to have restaurants close when one pulls into the parking lot. At 300 pounds-plus, Marcus Stroud certainly met the physical requirements.

     Stroud has been used to attention throughout his life. He appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated in high school in connection with a story on National Signing Day. Stroud weighed 266 in high school, and wound up going to Georgia after Florida fired its coach. The defender played with Jonas Jennings with the Bulldogs.

     Stroud went 13th to Jacksonville in the NFL draft , one that saw such other defensive tackles as Richard Seymour, Casey Hampton and Kris Jenkins. He made the Pro Bowl in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

     In 2008, Stroud was traded to the Bills for a couple of draft choices. He spent three seasons in Buffalo, and played pretty well here.

     Buffalo released him early in 2011, and he signed a two-year deal with the Patriots. however, New England let him go before the end of training camp. Stroud sat out the season while recovering from shoulder surgery.

--- Budd Bailey

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