Legendary former Buffalo Bills linebacker Michael Stratton passed away on Wednesday, the team announced.
According to a press release from the Bills, Stratton passed away from heart complications following a recent fall. He was 78 years old.
A 13th-round pick in the 1962 AFL Draft out of Tennessee, Stratton became an immediate star in Buffalo. He intercepted six passes as a rookie and made six-straight AFL All-Star Games from 1963-68. Stratton also helped the Bills win back-to-back AFL titles in 1964 and 1965.
A member of the Bills’ Wall of Fame and 50th Anniversary Team, Stratton earned first-team All-AFL recognition three times. He is also known for the “hit heard ’round the world” on San Diego Chargers running back Keith Lincoln in the 1964 AFL championship game.
Stratton would go on to finish his career with the Chargers in 1973.
We are saddened to learn that Bills Wall of Famer Mike Stratton has passed away.
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) March 25, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with Stratton’s family and friends during this difficult time.
May he rest in peace.