Mike Stratton, who made one of the most famous plays in Buffalo Bills history, dies at 78


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Mike Stratton never got tired of talking about it, and when you get right down to it, why would he have?

The longtime Buffalo Bills linebacker, a Wall of Fame inductee and a member of the Bills’ 25th and 50th anniversary teams, died on Tuesday of heart complications following a recent fall according to the team. He was 78.

Stratton authored one of the most famous plays in team history during the 1964 AFL championship game. His picture-perfect tackle of San Diego running back Keith Lincoln was called “the hit heard ’round the world,” which not only broke a couple of Lincoln’s ribs and knocked him out of the game but turned the tide that day at War Memorial Stadium.

Down 7-0 at the time, the Bills rallied after Stratton’s tackle to win their first title, 20-7 over the Chargers.

“You could just see the emotions and the credibility of the Buffalo Bills come together at that point,” the late Jack Kemp said. “That hit and that win put Buffalo on the major-league sports map.”

Stratton would have needed…

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