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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

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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