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Modrak helped Nix way back when

Posted by Chris Brown on January 26, 2009 – 9:00 pm

In speaking with Buddy Nix by phone today, I asked him in all the years he and Bills VP of College Scouting Tom Modrak had been in the scouting business how many times their paths had crossed. And Nix proceeded to relay a story to me from his first days in scouting.

“Tom probably doesn’t even remember this, but my first year in scouting he was with Pittsburgh,” recalled Nix. “I ran into him at the University of South Carolina the first time and he was a lot of help to me when I first started.”

Nix had just finished a 20-plus year coaching career when he took his first scouting job with the Bills in 1993. And Modrak offered some assistance out on the scouting trail.

“I had come out of college coaching and not being really familiar with the NFL and what you were looking for and how to go about it. He was helpful to me then and helpful through the years so we’ve been friends a long time and I’ve got a lot of respect for Tom Modrak.”

From the way Nix sounded he knows his role on this scouting staff. And in light of his track record in San Diego, the Bills made themselves better.

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