Best friend you never knew

May 21, 2015 689

By John Ruane

Sometimes you attend an event and the thought of it is gone the next day. Sometimes it stays with you, like Doug Buffone's wake and funeral. Having grown up in the 1960s in Chicago, the teams of that era were best known for two players, Dick Butkus and Gayle Sayers.

They were incredible football players and so much fun to watch. But when the Bears lined up on defense, playing to the left of Mr. Butkus was a very steady, very dependable linebacker named Doug Buffone. Chicago fans appreciated Buffone back then.

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