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Whaley has “an aggressive eye”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on May 16, 2013 – 9:15 pm

According to one of his college football teammates, the new General Manager of the Buffalo Bills is smart and aggressive.

And former Bills Guard Ruben Brown says those qualities will serve Doug Whaley and the Bills very well.

Brown was a guest on The John Murphy Show Thursday night. He and Whaley were teammates on the University of Pittsburgh football team twenty years ago: Brown as an offensive lineman, and Whaley as a hybrid linebacker\safety.

Ruben Brown told host John Murphy that Whaley was a well educated Pittsburgh native who had great rapport with his Pitt Panthers teammates.

“He could deal with a lot of different backgrounds and upbringings and cultures,” Brown said. “It was a big melting pot of different people from all across the country coming to Pittsburgh. Doug was a bright guy that everyone could talk to, you could discuss all types of issues with him. And he respected his knowledge and how well he understood the game of football.”

Brown says Doug Whaley will bring a fresh approach to the Bills personnel department ,and an aggressive demeanor.

“Going forward, there’s going to be a real aggressive eye on the talent that’s in the building or coming into the building,” Brown said. “That’s going to take a lot of different forms. It’s going to be like a John Butler type thing, someone who could walk in the locker room, put his hand on a guy, look in his face, and see whether he’s invested the right amount of money in him.”

The entire interview with former Bills All Pro Guard Ruben Brown is available here


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Whaley was “oustanding player” according to Ruben

Posted by johnmurphyshow on May 16, 2013 – 8:22 pm

The Bills new General Manager never played professionally, but he was a standout high school and college football player in Pittsburgh. That’s what former Bills Pro Bowl Guard Ruben Brown says.

Appearing on The John Murphy Show Thursday night, Brown says he first met Whaley wnen they both played in an All American High School football game more than twenty years ago. They went on to become teammates on the Pitt Panthers football team. Brown was an offensive lineman, Whaley played linebacker and safety. And Ruben Brown says Whaley could play.

“Outstanding player,” Brown said on the radio show. “People might be surprised to know that. He was a blue-chip All American who played on a very successful high school team in Pennsylvania, Upper St Clair. It’s the end-all be-all as far as academics and sports in Western Pennsylvania. He was a star there and he led them to a championship.”

Brown says at Pitt, Doug Whaley played a hybrid linebacker-safety role on defense. And he says Whaley was a playmaker.

“He was Brian Urlacher before there was a Brian Urlacher. Not with the size and the speed, but he played that type of position. The game was evolving and you needed a linebacker\safety guy who could cover. Those guys were starting to show up more. Doug was very versatile for us.”

Brown told host John Murphy that he knew twenty years ago at Pitt that Whaley was smart and had leadership potential.

“I just knew from Day One that Doug was a very smart guy, very bright,” he said. “He had the type of education that every young man wishes they had experienced in school. We were, I would say, followers of his, because he was a leader on and off the field.”

The entire interview with Ruben Brown is available here


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Bills alumni on hand

Posted by Chris Brown on July 26, 2012 – 10:57 am

There are a couple of Bills from the late 90′s in attendance here at training camp.

Former first-round pick (1995) and now permanent Buffalo resident Ruben Brown is out at the St. John Fisher campus. Also on hand is former second-round pick (1996) Gabe Northern. Northern appears to be doing a coaching internship of sorts with the Bills coaching staff. The former DE/OLB is currently the defensive line coach for Prairie View A&M.


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Bills helping ‘Night of Champions’

Posted by Chris Brown on May 19, 2012 – 12:21 pm

Bills RB Fred Jackson, former 8-time Pro Bowl guard Ruben Brown and Bills Hall of Fame OL Joe DeLamielleure will all be taking part in the ‘Night of Champions’ fundraising bash for inner-city youth on Wed. May 23rd.

The Butler Mitchell Alumni Association, who has been helping kids since 1955, will be sponsoring the 2nd Annual City Kids @ Summer Camp ‘Night of Champions’  at the Statler City in downtown Buffalo from 6-10pm.

The star-studded event will directly support camper funding to provide Buffalo inner-city kids with an outdoor adventure of a lifetime, which they may otherwise be unable to attend for financial or other reasons. Proceeds from the Night of Champions will give these children the opportunity to enjoy an atmosphere in a country setting that is far different from the asphalt and influences of the city streets.

The ‘Night of Champions’ bash will feature the support and appearance of several local and national sports celebrities including Hall of Famers from the Buffalo Bills, the Buffalo Sabres, the Buffalo Bisons and other sports figures.

The event will feature live music, silent auctions and various raffles. Great food and drinks will be served at food stations around the room. 

The Night of Champions is open to the public. Tickets are only $50 and can be purchased by calling JRC Promotions at 716-694-7867. All major credit cards accepted. You can find them on Facebook at The Night of Champions or visit their website.


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Gilmore signing one of quickest

Posted by Chris Brown on May 17, 2012 – 12:39 pm

The Bills and every other club in the league has the new Collective Bargaining Agreement to thank for the rapidity with which draft choices in general and specifically first-round picks have signed. It’s less than a month since the 2012 draft and Buffalo’s top pick is already signed along with six others across the NFL. That hasn’t happened in Buffalo in a long time.

Taking a look back as prior Bills first-round picks, I’ve only found two that I can verify signed prior to Gilmore’s May 17th date.

WR Jerry Butler, who was one of two first-round picks in 1979, signed his contract on May 9th, just six days after the NFL draft was held that year (May 3rd).

The only other Bills first-round pick since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger that I’ve found to sign before Gilmore was TE Reuben Gant in 1974. He has the earliest signing date of March 26th, but it comes with an asterisk because back then the draft was held in late January instead of late April.

The most recent early signee was OL Ruben Brown in 1995, who signed his rookie deal on June 20th 17 years ago.

It’s undoubtedly a welcome departure from the past couple of decades of lengthy negotiations and holdouts.


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Where’s Buffalo?

Posted by Chris Brown on June 15, 2011 – 4:21 pm

Ruben Brown, who spoke at the Wednesday Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame press conference where he was announced as one of 12 inductees for 2011, told a funny story about the days leading up to the 1995 NFL draft while he was still at Pitt.

Brown was talking about how he quickly came to love Buffalo and still makes his home here where he’s raising his family. But prior to being drafted his U.S. geography wasn’t as sharp as it is now.

“When I was in Pittsburgh and getting ready to be drafted there were a lot of places that I thought I would like to be,” he said. “Tampa Bay was on the board. My college buddy and I were picking out houseboats and how great it will be to go from Pittsburgh to Tampa. And on draft day Buffalo called and I’ll never forget it, John Butler told me, ‘You’re coming to Buffalo.’ And I’m like, ‘Where is that?’”

Brown admitted that it did not reflect well on his education, knowing it’s about a 3 1/2 hour drive north from Pittsburgh, but is obviously glad things worked out the way they did.


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Brown member of GBSHOF class

Posted by Chris Brown on June 15, 2011 – 11:49 am

Bills nine-time Pro Bowl guard Ruben Brown has been named a member of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame class of 2011.

Brown will be joined by fellow NFL alum and Orchard Park native Jim Burt, a two-time Super Bowl champ with the Giants. We’ll have more on this story later this afternoon on the home page of Buffalobills.com.

Joining Brown and Burt in this year’s induction class are
Curtis Aiken, basketball (Bennett HS, Pitt)
Don Colpoys, baseball player, coach and administrator
Jim Lorentz,hockey (Sabres player and broadcaster)
Phil Mankowski, major league baseball player
Steve Mesler, bobsled gold medalist at the 2010 Olympics
Cindy Miller, golf professional and teacher.

Bills FB Cookie Gilchrist is among four others honorees that will join the Pride of Western New York wing of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame, which honors deceased athletes. Joining him in that group are: 
Lewis “Deerfoot” Bennett, a long-distance runner from the 19th century
Michael Broderick, a founder of the West Side Rowing Club
William Morgan, credited with inventing volleyball

 


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NFL wants best picks of all time

Posted by Chris Brown on April 2, 2010 – 9:00 am

In celebration of the 75th NFL Draft, which kicks off in primetime for the first time on Thurs. April 22, fans now can help choose the 75 Most Valuable Draft Picks of all time. You can vote for your choices at NFL.com now through April 18. 

The 10 Most Valuable Draft Picks will be announced during Round 1, when many of the Top 10 will be in attendance at Radio City Music Hall, the home of the 2010 NFL Draft. The order of the Top 10 will be revealed after the conclusion of the Second Round of the Draft on Friday night.  Many of these players will be on hand for the announcement.

NFL.com editors narrowed down the first 74 Drafts to a list of the top 320 players, consisting of 10 players from each team.  Fans begin the process of determining the Most Valuable Draft Pick by choosing between pairs of players randomly generated from the list of 320 greats.  After selecting winners of 30 random matchups, fans will begin to build their own Top 10 list.  Fans may continue to vote in order to make changes to their personal Top 10 list as well as the All-Time Top 10 announced at the Draft. Users then may share their lists and their head-to-head winners on Facebook.

NFL.com delivers comprehensive information on each of the 320 players, including the player’s draft information and career accomplishments to help the voters make educated selections in determining the Most Valuable Pick.

Below is the list of Bills nominees.
Gary Anderson – never played for the Bills, but was a late round draft pick that went on to be one of the league’s all-time scorers.
Ruben Brown – 8 Pro Bowls
Joe DeLamielleure – Hall of Famer
Jim Kelly – Hall of Famer
Reggie McKenzie – Well known member of the Electric Company
Andre Reed – Bills Wall of Famer, 4 time HOF finalist
O.J. Simpson – Hall of Famer
Fred Smerlas – Bills Wall of Famer
Bruce Smith – Hall of Famer
Thurman Thomas – Hall of Famer


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Ruben Brown hanging them up

Posted by Chris Brown on February 3, 2009 – 2:44 pm

The cleats are being hung up for good for Ruben Brown, who had a heck of a career, including one Super Bowl appearance and 8 Pro Bowls.

More importantly to Bills fans, he’s a guy that embraced Buffalo and still lives in town, but for a former first-round pick he had a long, productive career. Enjoy retirement Rube.


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